The formal sciences discover the philosophers' stone

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (4):513-533 (1994)
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Abstract

The formal sciences - mathematical as opposed to natural sciences, such as operations research, statistics, theoretical computer science, systems engineering - appear to have achieved mathematically provable knowledge directly about the real world. It is argued that this appearance is correct.

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