The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Physics in Mathematics
Em: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
The philosophical problem that stems from the successful application of mathematics in the empirical sciences has recently attracted growing interest within philosophers of mathematics and philosophers of science. Nevertheless, little attention has been devoted to the converse applicability issue of how physical considerations find successful application in mathematics. In this article, focusing on some case studies, I address the latter issue and argue that some successful applications of physics to mathematics essentially depend on the use of conservation principles. I conclude with a short discussion of how the successful interplay between conservation principles and mathematics can be accounted for.