"Extraordinary! A brilliant, important book. Summing up: Highly recommended."
—M. Schiff, CHOICE
"…The book has been written in a very clear, lively way, it is a pleasure to read. It is very accessible, even entertaining, and the author is very good in explaining issues without technicalities. … Summarizing: a very elegant, accessible and up-to-date book on the philosophy of mathematics, not only very appropriate for beginners, but also a must for experts."
—H.C.M. de Swart, Zentralblatt MATH 1171
Praise for the First Edition:
"This book is a breath of fresh air for undergraduate philosophy of mathematics. Very accessible and even entertaining, Brown explains most of the issues without technicalities. "
—Janet Folina, Macalester College
"A wonderful introduction to the philosophy of mathematics. It's lively, accessible, and, above all, a terrific read. It would make an ideal text for an undergraduate course on the philosophy of mathematics; indeed, I recommend it to anyone interested in the philosophy of mathematics — even specialists in the area can learn from this book."
—Mark Colyvan, University of Sydney
From the Back Cover
Philosophy of Mathematics
is an excellent introductory text for philosophy of mathematics. Clear and engaging, it moves at a good pace, is easy to use and student friendly. The book discusses the great philosophers and the importance of mathematics to their thought. Philosophy of Mathematics
covers the following topics:
* the mathematical image
* applied mathematics
* Hilbert and Godel
* knots and nations
* picture-proofs and Wittgenstein
* computation, proof and conjecture
The author Smoke and Mirrors
and The Laboratory of the Mind,
James Robert Brown introduces one of the newer issues in the philosophy of mathematics, namely those associated with computers, 'experimentation', and visualization, and presents a controversial account of how picture-proofs work. Philosophy of Mathematics
raises problems that are truly worthy of attention.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.