Book The mathematical experience pdf


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Book The mathematical experience pdf

Book The mathematical experience pdf : Pages 455

By Philip J. Davis, Reuben Hersh

Series: Penguin Press Science

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, Year: 1990

ISBN: 9780395321317,039532131X

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This is the classic introduction for the educated lay reader to the richly diverse world of mathematics: its history, philosophy, principles, and personalities.Amazon.com Review We tend to think of mathematics as uniquely rigorous, and of mathematicians as supremely smart. In his introduction to The Mathematical Experience , Gian-Carlo Rota notes that instead, « a mathematician’s work is mostly a tangle of guesswork, analogy, wishful thinking and frustration, and proof … is more often than not a way of making sure that our minds are not playing tricks. » Philip Davis and Reuben Hersh discuss everything from the nature of proof to the Euclid myth, and mathematical aesthetics to non-Cantorian set theory. They make a convincing case for the idea that mathematics is not about eternal reality, but comprises « true facts about imaginary objects » and belongs among the human sciences.

(Penguin Press Science) Philip J. Davis, Reuben Hersh – The mathematical experience-Penguin Books Ltd (1990)


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