Séminaires : Séminaire Histoire des sciences mathématiques

Equipe(s) : hsm,
Responsables :
Email des responsables : catherine.goldstein@imj-prg.fr
Salle : salle 413 - couloir 15-16
Adresse :Campus Pierre et Marie Curie

Le 2ème et/ou le 4e mercredi du mois à 14h

Orateur(s) Carla Rita Palmerino - Radboud University,
Titre Galileo's mathematical realism
Horaire11:00 à 13:00
RésumeIn the Assayer, Galileo famously claimed that the book of nature “is written in the language of mathematics” and that “its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word of it.” In other passages of his works, however, Galileo seems to suggest that physical phenomena do not obey exact mathematical laws. This has led some scholars to conclude that there is an inconsistency between Galileo’s practice of science and his professed mathematical realism. In my lecture I will challenge this interpretation and show that Galileo’s views concerning the relation between mathematical and physical truths are internally consistent and rely on sound ontological and epistemological arguments.
Sallesalle 413 - couloir 15-16
AdresseCampus Pierre et Marie Curie