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Equations from God : pure mathematics and Victorian faith

Author: Daniel J Cohen
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
Series: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of mathematics.
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"In Equations from God, Daniel J. Cohen captures the origins of the rebirth of abstract mathematics in the intellectual quest to rise above common existence and touch the mind of the deity. Using an array of published and private sources, Cohen shows how philosophers and mathematicians seized upon the beautiful simplicity inherent in mathematical laws to reconnect with the divine and traces the route by which the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel J Cohen
ISBN: 9780801885532 0801885531
OCLC Number: 70174854
Description: x, 242 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. The allure of pure mathematics in the Victorian Age --
Chapter 1. Heavenly symbols: sources of Victorian mathematical idealism --
Chapter 2. God and math at Harvard: Benjamin Peirce and the divinity --
Chapter 3. George Boole and the Genesis of symbolic logic --
Chapter 4. Augustus De Morgan and the logic of relations --
Chapter 5. Earthly calculations: mathematics and professionalism in the late nineteenth century.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of mathematics.
Responsibility: Daniel J. Cohen.
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The religious upheaval in Victorian England and the fledgling United States opened the way for the rediscovery of pure mathematics, a tradition rooted in Ancient Greece. This book looks at the  Read more...

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