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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking about mathematics
This is a very nice introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics, clear and well organized. It is more philosophical than mathematical, though. People with taste for 'hard'-formal work might be disapointed. On the other hand, for this very same reason, it is accessible to grad students in Philosophy and the curious reader in general.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice, easy to read introduction to the philosophy of mathematics
In this text, Shapiro provides a nice overview of some of the key issues in the philosophy of mathematics. To get the most out of this book, the reader probably needs some knowledge of both philosophy and mathematics. In this respect, I wouldn't recommend this book to a complete beginner. The book is also too brief to be particularly useful on it's own to anyone wanting...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking about mathematics, 23 Nov 2009
This review is from: Thinking about Mathematics: The Philosophy of Mathematics (Paperback)
This is a very nice introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics, clear and well organized. It is more philosophical than mathematical, though. People with taste for 'hard'-formal work might be disapointed. On the other hand, for this very same reason, it is accessible to grad students in Philosophy and the curious reader in general.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice, easy to read introduction to the philosophy of mathematics, 17 July 2011
This review is from: Thinking about Mathematics: The Philosophy of Mathematics (Paperback)
In this text, Shapiro provides a nice overview of some of the key issues in the philosophy of mathematics. To get the most out of this book, the reader probably needs some knowledge of both philosophy and mathematics. In this respect, I wouldn't recommend this book to a complete beginner. The book is also too brief to be particularly useful on it's own to anyone wanting to explore in depth any of the issues covered. However, Shapiro does provide some good suggestions for further reading, and as an introductory text to give you a feel for the issues this isn't too bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 17 Mar 2011
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A pretty comprehensive overview of the philosophy of maths. The main thrust of the book is philosophical, and I feel it did a very good job of introducing a lot of different views on the subject. Although I am a maths student at university, I think the maths would be accessable to most people.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the philosophy of mathematics, 1 Jan 2004
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I finished my Maths degree in 1975, so I confess that many of the more recent developments (references are made right up to 1997) were not always comprehensible to me, but I still got enjoyment out of dipping through this book.
If these 2 examples don't spark any interest for you in the discussion that followed, then this book is not for you :
Kant : The concept expressed by the English word 'triangle' contains the concept of being 'three-angled'. Does it also contain the concept of 'three-sided'? The German word for 'triangle' is 'Dreieck', or 'three-cornered'. Presumably, that concept includes 'three-angled', but, again, does it include 'three-sided'?
Formalism : Consider the equation 0=0. If you print this out, you cannot say that the equation says that the leftmost hunk of ink shaped like an oval is identical to the rightmost hunk of ink also shaped like an oval. Clearly, those are two different hunks of ink.
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