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Bridging the Gap: Philosophy, Mathematics, and Physics

Lectures on the Foundations of Science

  • Giovanna Corsi
  • Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara
  • Gian Carlo Ghirardi

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 140)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Logic, Mathematics and Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carlo Cellucci
      Pages 3-37
    3. Fabio Bellissima
      Pages 39-69
    4. Solomon Feferman
      Pages 99-124
    5. K. Tahir Shah
      Pages 125-139
    6. Giuseppe Longo
      Pages 141-146
  3. Physics and Probability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Paolo Budinich
      Pages 149-173
    3. M. L. Dalla Chiara, G. Toraldo Di Francia
      Pages 261-283
    4. Bas Van Fraassen
      Pages 285-314
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 315-329

About this book


Foundational questions in logic, mathematics, computer science and physics are constant sources of epistemological debate in contemporary philosophy. To what extent is the transfinite part of mathematics completely trustworthy? Why is there a general `malaise' concerning the logical approach to the foundations of mathematics? What is the role of symmetry in physics? Is it possible to build a coherent worldview compatible with a macroobjectivistic position and based on the quantum picture of the world? What account can be given of opinion change in the light of new evidence?
These are some of the questions discussed in this volume, which collects 14 lectures on the foundation of science given at the School of Philosophy of Science, Trieste, October 1989.
The volume will be of particular interest to any student or scholar engaged in interdisciplinary research into the foundations of science in the context of contemporary debates.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanna Corsi
    • 1
  • Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara
    • 1
  • Gian Carlo Ghirardi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of FlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of TriesteItaly

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