MTL PhilSci Net | « Formalism, mathematical interpretation, and physical theories », Anouk Barberousse, Université Paris-Sorbonne (1 décembre 2017, McGill)

3:30 – 5:30 pm, Philosophy seminar room #927, 9th floor, Leacock building, McGill University (PLAN/MAP)

Résumé | Abstract. In this talk I shall argue in favor of considering formal settings (pieces of mathematical theories that are commonly used in physics or other empirical disciplines) as important units of analysis for understanding scientific achievements, along with theories, models, computer simulations, concepts, etc. I’ll present different examples of formal settings, from calculus to cellular automata. My main examples will be the representation of time in Discrete Mechanics.

Conférence co-organisée avec / Talk co-organized with McGill’s Philosophy Department