Coordination of Space and Unity of Science

Publication Year:
2000
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/388
Author(s):
Liu, Chuang
artifact description
In this essay, I explore a metaphor in geometry for the debate between the unity and the disunity of science, namely, the possibility of putting a global coordinate system (or a chart) on a manifold. I explain why the former is a good metaphor that shows what it means (and takes in principle) for science to be unified. I then go through some of the existing literature on the unity/disunity debate and show how the metaphor sheds light on some of the views and arguments.