Philosophy of mathematics : a contemporary introduction to the world of proofs and pictures
- Brown, James Robert.
- 2nd ed.
- New York : Routledge, 2008.
- Physical description
- xiv, 245 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Routledge contemporary introductions to philosophy.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -235) and index.
- Contents Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Introduction: The Mathematical Image Chapter 2: Platonism Chapter 3: Picture-proofs and Platonism Chapter 4: What is Applied Mathematics? Chapter 5: Hilbert and Godel Chapter 6: Knots and Notation Chapter 7: What is a Definition? Chapter 8: Constructive Approaches Chapter 9: Proofs, Pictures and Procedures in Wittgenstein Chapter 10: Computation, Proof and Conjecture Chapter 11: How to Refute the Continuum Hypothesis Chapter 12: Calling the Bluff Notes Bibliography Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- In his long-awaited new edition of "Philosophy of Mathematics", James Robert Brown tackles important new as well as enduring questions in the mathematical sciences. Can pictures go beyond being merely suggestive and actually prove anything? Are mathematical results certain? Are experiments of any real value? This clear and engaging book takes a unique approach, encompassing non-standard topics such as the role of visual reasoning, the importance of notation, and the place of computers in mathematics, as well as traditional topics such as formalism, Platonism, and constructivism. The combination of topics and clarity of presentation make it suitable for beginners and experts alike. The revised and updated second edition of "Philosophy of Mathematics" contains more examples, suggestions for further reading, and expanded material on several topics including a novel approach to the continuum hypothesis.
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- Publication date
- James Robert Brown.
- Routledge contemporary introductions to philosophy
- 9780415960489 (hardback : alk. paper)
- 0415960487 (hardback : alk. paper)
- 9780415960472 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 0415960479 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 9780203932964 (ebook)
- 020393296X (ebook)