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Genre/Form: | Electronic books |
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Material Type: | Document, Internet resource |

Document Type: | Internet Resource, Computer File |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Reuben Hersh |

ISBN: | 9781602561922 1602561923 0585356661 9780585356662 0195113683 9780195113686 |

OCLC Number: | 437173449 |

Language Note: | English. |

Description: | 1 online resource (368 pages) |

Contents: | Contents; Preface: Aims and Goals; Acknowledgments; Dialogue with Laura; 1 Survey and Proposals; 2 Criteria for a Philosophy of Mathematics; 3 Myths/Mistakes/Misunderstandings; 4 Intuition/Proof/Certainty; 5 Five Classical Puzzles; 6 Mainstream Before the Crisis; 7 Mainstream Philosophy at Its Peak; 8 Mainstream Since the Crisis; 9 Foundationism Dies/Mainstream Lives; 10 Humanists and Mavericks of Old; 11 Modern Humanists and Mavericks; 12 Contemporary Humanists and Mavericks; Summary and Recapitulation; 13 Mathematics Is a Form of Life; Mathematical Notes/Comments; Bibliography; Index; A; B. CD; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z. |

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"Ruben Hersh puts the people into the philosophy and the philosophy into the mathematics: he will take your mind to places it has never dreamed of."--Ian Stewart, The Mathematical Institute, University of Coventry"Reuben Hersh's insider's view of the big questions about the nature of mathematics is witty, provocative, insightful, and always accessible. It should revitalize discussions among mathematicians, philosophers, and historians--and all those people who have wondered what mathematics is all about."--Philip Kitcher"Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? is the most thorough, comprehensive survey of all that has been written on the philosophy of mathematics. It will remain the standard reference in the philosophy of mathematics, indispensable to both mathematicians and philosophers. The author combines the experience of a research mathematician with a keen sense of philosophical relevance to give brief, incisive sketches that strikingly summarize every philosopher's contribution (of the lack of it). Reuben Hersh's volume should be required reading of all undergraduate mathematics majors, as well as of any cultivated person with or without a mathematical background."--Gian-Carlo Rota, Department of Mathematics, MIT "Ruben Hersh puts the people into the philosophy and the philosophy into the mathematics: he will take your mind to places it has never dreamed of."--Ian Stewart, The Mathematical Institute, University of Coventry "Reuben Hersh's insider's view of the big questions about the nature of mathematics is witty, provocative, insightful, and always accessible. It should revitalize discussions among mathematicians, philosophers, and historians--and all those people who have wondered what mathematics is all about."--Philip Kitcher "Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? is the most thorough, comprehensive survey of all that has been written on the philosophy of mathematics. It will remain the standard reference in the philosophy of mathematics, indispensable to both mathematicians and philosophers. The author combines the experience of a research mathematician with a keen sense of philosophical relevance to give brief, incisive sketches that strikingly summarize every philosopher's contribution (of the lack of it). Reuben Hersh's volume should be required reading of all undergraduate mathematics majors, as well as of any cultivated person with or without a mathematical background."--Gian-Carlo Rota, Department of Mathematics, MIT "Ruben Hersh puts the people into the philosophy and the philosophy into the mathematics: he will take your mind to places it has never dreamed of."--Ian Stewart, The Mathematical Institute, University of Coventry "Reuben Hersh's insider's view of the big questions about the nature of mathematics is witty, provocative, insightful, and always accessible. It should revitalize discussions among mathematicians, philosophers, and historians--and all those people who have wondered what mathematics is all about."--Philip Kitcher "Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? is the most thorough, comprehensive survey of all that has been written on the philosophy of mathematics. It will remain the standard reference in the philosophy of mathematics, indispensable to both mathematicians and philosophers. The author combines the experience of a research mathematician with a keen sense of philosophical relevance to give brief, incisive sketches that strikingly summarize every philosopher's contribution (of the lack of it). Reuben Hersh's volume should be required reading of all undergraduate mathematics majors, as well as of any cultivated person with or without a mathematical background."--Gian-Carlo Rota, Department of Mathematics, MIT "Ruben Hersh puts the people into the philosophy and the philosophy into the mathematics: he will take your mind to places it has never dreamed of."--Ian Stewart, The Mathematical Institute, University of Coventry"Reuben Hersh's insider's view of the big questions about the nature of mathematics is witty, provocative, insightful, and always accessible. It should revitalize discussions among mathematicians, philosophers, and historians--and all those people who have wondered what mathematics is allabout."--Philip Kitcher"Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? is the most thorough, comprehensive survey of all that has been written on the philosophy of mathematics. It will remain the standard reference in the philosophy of mathematics, indispensable to both mathematicians and philosophers. The author combinesthe experience of a research mathematician with a keen sense of philosophical relevance to give brief, incisive sketches that strikingly summarize every philosopher's contribution (of the lack of it). Reuben Hersh's volume should be required reading of all undergraduate mathematics majors, as wellas of any cultivated person with or without a mathematical background."--Gian-Carlo Rota, Department of Mathematics, MIT Read more...

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