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Labyrinth of thought : a history of set theory and its role in modern mathematics

Author: José Ferreirós Domínguez
Publisher: Basel, Switzerland ; Boston : Birkhäuser Verlag, ©1999.
Series: Science networks historical studies, v. 23.
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"José Ferreirós has written a magisterial account of the history of set theory which is panoramic, balanced, and engaging. Not only does this book synthesize much previous work and provide fresh insights and points of view, but it also features a major innovation, a full-fledged treatment of the emergence of the set-theoretic approach in mathematics from the early nineteenth century. This takes up Part One of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ferreirós Domínguez, José.
Labyrinth of thought.
Basel, Switzerland ; Boston : Birkhäuser Verlag, ©1999
(DLC) 99030044
(OCoLC)41361472
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: José Ferreirós Domínguez
ISBN: 9783034850490 3034850492 9783034850513 3034850514
OCLC Number: 682106541
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 440 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: One: The Emergence of Sets within Mathematics --
I Institutional and Intellectual Contexts in German Mathematics, 1800-1870 --
II A New Fundamental Notion: Riemann's Manifolds --
III Dedekind and the Set-theoretical Approach to Algebra --
IV The Real Number System --
V Origins of the Theory of Point-Sets --
Two: Entering the Labyrinth --
Toward Abstract Set Theory --
VI The Notion of Cardinality and the Continuum Hypothesis --
VII Sets and Maps as a Foundation for Mathematics --
VIII The Transfinite Ordinals and Cantor's Mature Theory --
Three: In Search of an Axiom System --
IX Diffusion, Crisis, and Bifurcation: 1890 to 1914 --
X Logic and Type Theory in the Interwar Period --
XI Consolidation of Axiomatic Set Theory --
Bibliographical References --
Index of Illustrations --
Name Index.
Series Title: Science networks historical studies, v. 23.
Responsibility: José Ferreirós.

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"José Ferreirós has written a magisterial account of the history of set theory which is panoramic, balanced, and engaging. Not only does this book synthesize much previous work and provide fresh insights and points of view, but it also features a major innovation, a full-fledged treatment of the emergence of the set-theoretic approach in mathematics from the early nineteenth century. This takes up Part One of the book. Part Two analyzes the crucial developments in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, above all the work of Cantor, but also Dedekind and the interaction between the two. Lastly, Part Three details the development of set theory up to 1950, taking account of foundational questions and the emergence of the modern axiomatization." (Bulletin of Symbolic Logic).

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