Modularity in Mathematics

Publication Year:
2017
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13482
Author(s):
Avigad, Jeremy
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In a wide range of fields, the word "modular" is used to describe complex systems that can be decomposed into smaller systems with limited interactions between them. This essay argues that mathematical knowledge can fruitfully be understood as having a modular structure, and explores the ways in which modularity in mathematics is epistemically advantageous.