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Descartes' dream : the world according to mathematics

Author: Philip J Davis; Reuben Hersh
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2005.
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Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip J Davis; Reuben Hersh
ISBN: 0486442527 9780486442525
OCLC Number: 57134377
Notes: Originally published: 1st ed. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1986.
Description: xvii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. This Mathematized World --
Descartes' Dream --
Where the Dream Stands Today --
The Limits of Mathematics --
Are We Drowning in Digits? --
The Stochastized World: A Matter of Style? --
Feedback and Control: The Equilibrium Machine --
Computer Graphics and the Possibility of High Art --
II. The Social Tyranny of Numbers --
Mathematics and Rhetoric --
The Criterion Makers: Mathematics and Social Policy --
The Computerization of Love --
Testing --
Mathematics as a Social Filter --
A "Marxian" Analysis of the Role of Computing in Organizations --
III. Cognition and Computation --
The Descriptive, Predictive, and Prescriptive Functions of Applied Mathematics --
The Intellectual Components of Technology, Mathematics and Computation: Four Lists --
Metathinking as a Way of Life --
Three Meanings of Computation --
What Scientific Computation is for --
Why Should I Believe a Computer: Computation as Process and Product --
The Whorfian Hypothesis: Ends and Means in Computer Languages --
The Programming Milieu --
IV. Perspectives Through Time --
Of Time and Mathematics --
Non-Euclidean Geometry and Ethical Relativism --
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Computers. Are We Hooked? --
V. Mathematics and Ethics --
Platonic Mathematics Meets Platonic Philosophy of Religion: An Ethical Metaphor --
The Computer Thinks: An Interpretation in the Medieval Mode --
Mathematics and the End of the World --
VI. Personal Meanings --
Mathematics and Imposed Reality --
Loss of Meaning through Intellectual Processes: Mathematical Abstraction --
VII. Envoi.
Responsibility: Philip J. Davis, Reuben Hersh.
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