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# Applicability Problems Generalized

## Abstract

In this paper, I will do preparatory work for a generalized account of applicability, that is, for an account which works for math-to-physics, math-to-math, and physics-to-math application. I am going to present and discuss some examples of these three kinds of application, and I will confront them in order to see whether it is possible to find analogies among them and whether they can be ultimately considered as instantiations of a unique pattern. I will argue that these analogies can be exploited in order to get a better understanding of the applicability of mathematics to physics and of the complex relationship between physics and mathematics.

## Notes

### Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Prof. Gabriele Lolli, for his constant support; Prof. Charlotte Werndl for her suggestions on a previous draft of this paper; Prof. Mario Piazza and Prof. Gabriele Pulcini for their work in making this volume possible; an anonimous referee, for their precious comments. Finally, a special thank to Pauline van Wierst, who read the paper and helped me with constant support and important insights.

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