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"It seems to us that the universe is dependent in a deeply mathematical means. Falling our bodies fall with predictable accelerations. Eclipses might be properly forecast centuries prematurely. Nuclear strength crops generate electrical energy based on recognized formulation. yet these examples are the end of the iceberg. In Nature's Numbers, Ian Stewart provides many extra, each one captivating in its personal way.. Stewart admirably captures compelling and obtainable mathematical principles besides the excitement of deliberating them. He writes with readability and precision. those that take pleasure in this type of factor will love this book."—Los Angeles Times

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By the same token, there is no more to the "conceptual scheme" - the framework we lay down - than what we have put into it. Of course there may be complications: a set of axioms or a concept long used may tum up paradoxes, or tum out to be incomplete. These are unforeseen costs - which we are likely to incur with any kind of tool when we push it beyond the application it was originally designed for. But we are free then to decide whether to continue using that tool, or to patch it, or to replace it.

S 6 Especially Richard Creath, Michael Friedman, Warren Goldfarb, and Thomas Ricketts. There are, of course, philosophers of the post-Vienna-Circle generation on whom Camap's pluralism was not lost; see for instance Jeffrey (1994) and Stein (1992). 7 "The aim of this book is to supply the essential tool for practising the logic of science, in the form of an exact syntactic method ... earlier attempts to cast off the ship of logic from the rigid mooring of the classical forms were certainly bold, in a historical sense.

Finally, it will be seen that, once that viewpoint is sufficiently clear, all three of the above questions - insofar as they still seem relevant - have obvious (negative) answers. ), Truth and its Nature (if any), 15-35. © 1999 Kluwer Academic Publishers. CARUS I. OUTLINE OF THE SYNTAX DOCTRINE In about 1932 Carnap broke with a basic tenet of the philosophical framework he had inherited from Frege, Russell, and the early Wittgenstein - a tenet he had himself endorsed in Der logische Aufbau der Welt, Scheinprobleme in der Philosophie, and various articles culminating in the famous "Die physikalische Sprache als Universalsprache der Wissenschaft" (later published as a booklet in English entitled Unity of Science).

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