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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.

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Table of Contents

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

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