In this Book

summary

The central theme of these essays is the nature and role of mathematics, its growth and spread, and its involvement with ever-wider areas of knowledge. The author attempts to determine the decisive and creative aspects of the abstractness" of mathematics which have made it the dominant intellectual force that it is. He frequently confronts the mathematics and physics of today with the mathematics and physics of the Greeks, which, however renowned, was not yet capable of this abstractness.

Originally published in 1981.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Title page, Copyright
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Preface
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-10
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Part I. Essays
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1. From Myth to Mathematics to Knowledge
  2. pp. 13-58
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 2. How History of Science Differs from Other History
  2. pp. 59-130
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 3. Revolutions in Physics and Crises in Mathematics
  2. pp. 131-142
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 4. Aristotle's Physics and Today's Physics
  2. pp. 143-178
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 5. The Role of Mathematics in the Rise of Mechanics
  2. pp. 179-208
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 6. The Significance of Some Basic Mathematical Conceptions for Physics
  2. pp. 209-254
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 7. The Essence of Mathematics
  2. pp. 255-274
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 8. The Essence of Analysis
  2. pp. 275-300
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Part II. Biographical Sketches
  2. pp. 301-372
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-386
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents

Additional Information

ISBN
9781400852826
MARC Record
OCLC
680221431
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.