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An introduction to the philosophy of mathematics

Author: Mark Colyvan
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Topics covered include the realism/anti-realism debate in mathematics, the limits of mathematics, the significance of mathematical notation, inconsistent mathematics and the applications of  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Colyvan
ISBN: 9780521826020 0521826020 9780521533416 0521533414
OCLC Number: 810111947
Description: IX, 188 p. ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Mathematics and its philosophy; 2. The limits of mathematics; 3. Plato's heaven; 4. Fiction, metaphor, and partial truths; 5. Mathematical explanation; 6. The applicability of mathematics; 7. Who's afraid of inconsistent mathematics?; 8. A rose by any other name; 9. Epilogue: desert island theorems.
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'The present book is like a warm breeze after a cold winter in the rarefied atmosphere of the philosophy of mathematics ... the philosophical discussions are always clear, provocative and Read more...

 
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