"Brown argues that mathematics does not explain physical phenomena in the sense of accounting for them, but that it does explain them in the sense of making them comprehensible...this is a clear and engaging book, mainly for professional philosophers or graduate students in philosophy, that contains many on-target criticisms of naturalism." - A.C. Paseau, Wadham College, University of Oxford, UK in Philosophia Mathematica
"Brown’s book is a useful addition to recent debates in the philosophy of mathematics." - Christopher Pincock, The Ohio State University, US in Mind
About the Author
James Robert Brown is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. His interests include foundational issues in mathematics and physics, thought experiments, and the relations of science to society. Recent books include: Who Rules? An Opinionated Guide to the Epistemology and Politics of the Science Wars, Harvard, and new editions of The Laboratory of the Mind: Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences, Routledge, and Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures, Routledge.