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Descartes' dream : the world according to mathematics

Author: Philip J Davis; Reuben Hersh
Publisher: Harmondsworth : Penguin Books, 1988, ©1986.
Series: A Pelican book
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Descartes' dream - of all science and all knowledge united under reason's banner - has come true: computers have made mathematics 'the unifying glue of a rationalized world'. In The Mathematical Experience, one of the most remarkable and intriguing books ever written on the subject, Davis and Hersh provide a classic insiders' view of their discipline. In Descartes' Dream they take an equally incisive look at how  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip J Davis; Reuben Hersh
ISBN: 0140227873 9780140227871
OCLC Number: 18169989
Description: xvii, 321 pages : illustrations, 1 map, portraits ; 24 cm.
Series Title: A Pelican book
Responsibility: Philip J. Davis, Reuben Hersh.

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Descartes' dream - of all science and all knowledge united under reason's banner - has come true: computers have made mathematics 'the unifying glue of a rationalized world'. In The Mathematical Experience, one of the most remarkable and intriguing books ever written on the subject, Davis and Hersh provide a classic insiders' view of their discipline. In Descartes' Dream they take an equally incisive look at how mathematics is applied in the real world of today. All of us are 'drowning in digits' and depend constantly on mathematics for our high-tech lifestyle.

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