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Genre/Form: | Electronic books |
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Additional Physical Format: | Print version: 18 unconventional essays on the nature of mathematics. New York : Springer, ©2006 (DLC) 2005925514 (OCoLC)62273823 |

Material Type: | Document, Internet resource |

Document Type: | Internet Resource, Computer File |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Reuben Hersh |

ISBN: | 9780387257174 0387257179 0387298312 9780387298313 |

OCLC Number: | 65195336 |

Description: | 1 online resource (xxi, 326 pages) : illustrations |

Contents: | A Socratic dialogue on mathematics / Alfréde Rényi -- "Introduction" to Filosofia e matematica / Carlo Cellucci -- On proof and progress in mathematics / William P. Thurston -- The informal logic of mathematical proof / Andrew Aberdein -- Philosophical problems of mathematics in the light of evolutionary epistemology / Yehuda Rav -- Towards a semiotics of mathematics / Brian Rotman -- Computers and the sociology of mathematical proof / Donald MacKenzie -- From G.H.H. and Littlewood to XML and Maple: changing needs and expectations in mathematical knowledge management / Terry Stanway -- Do real numbers really move? Language, thought, and gesture: the embodied cognitive foundations of mathematics / Rafael Núñez -- Does mathematics need a philosophy? / William Timothy Gowers -- How and why mathematics is unique as a social practice / Jody Azzouni -- The pernicious influence of mathematics upon philosophy / Gian-Carlo Rota -- The pernicious influence of mathematics on science / Jack Schwartz -- What is philosophy of mathematics looking for? / Alfonso C. Ávila del Palacio -- Concepts and the mangle of practice constructing quaternions / Andrew Pickering -- Mathematics as objective knowledge and as human practice / Eduard Glas -- The locus of mathematical reality: an anthropological footnote / Leslie A. White -- Inner vision, outer truth / Reuben Hersh. |

Other Titles: | Eighteen unconventional essays on the nature of mathematics |

Responsibility: | Reuben Hersh, editor. |

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From the reviews: "This is not a book about foundations or formal logic. It is ... about the philosophy of mathematics, but perhaps more about the human practice of mathematics. ... This is a terrific collection of essays. ... all of the essays give us new insight into that curious thing we do when we do mathematics." (William J. Satzer, MathDL, January, 2006) "The current book is destined to become a classic as well for numerous reasons which will soon become transparent. ... Reuben Hersh is to be commended for orchestrating this masterful collection of essays from distinguished individuals ... . I predict that this book will become a classic for the coming generations of mathematics philosophers as well as for mathematics educators interested in changing dominant conceptions of what is mathematics, finally!" (Bharath Sriraman, Zentralblatt fur Didaktik der Mathematik, Vol. 38 (4), 2006) "Editor Reuben Hersh has orchestrated a highly provocative book, particularly for mathematicians, but also for anyone interested in the philosophy and practice of mathematics. ... This is a very appealing collection of essays. ... I highly recommend this book to those wondering how math is carried out, both mathematicians and laymen. I also recommend it to educators interested in changing the dominant view of math and how to do math." (Hector Zenil, Computing Reviews, January, 2008) Read more...

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