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Circles disturbed : the interplay of mathematics and narrative

Author: Apostolos K Doxiadēs; Barry Mazur
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2012.
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Circles Disturbed brings together important thinkers in mathematics, history, and philosophy to explore the relationship between mathematics and narrative. The book's title recalls the last words of the great Greek mathematician Archimedes before he was slain by a Roman soldier--"Don't disturb my circles"--words that seem to refer to two radically different concerns: that of the practical person living in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Apostolos K Doxiadēs; Barry Mazur
ISBN: 9781400842681 1400842689
OCLC Number: 775873004
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (593 p.)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; 1 From Voyagers to Martyrs: Toward a Storied History of Mathematics; 2 Structure of Crystal, Bucket of Dust; 3 Deductive Narrative and the Epistemological Function of Belief in Mathematics: On Bombelli and Imaginary Numbers; 4 Hilbert on Theology and Its Discontents: The Origin Myth of Modern Mathematics; 5 Do Androids Prove Theorems in Their Sleep?; 6 Visions, Dreams, and Mathematics; 7 Vividness in Mathematics and Narrative; 8 Mathematics and Narrative: Why Are Stories and Proofs Interesting?
Responsibility: edited by Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur.

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Circles Disturbed brings together important thinkers in mathematics, history, and philosophy to explore the relationship between mathematics and narrative. The book's title recalls the last words of the great Greek mathematician Archimedes before he was slain by a Roman soldier--"Don't disturb my circles"--words that seem to refer to two radically different concerns: that of the practical person living in the concrete world of reality, and that of the theoretician lost in a world of abstraction.

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