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What is Mathematics Really? Hardcover – 21 Aug 1997
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In What Is Mathematics, Really?, author Reuben Hersh proposes a philosophy of mathematics that he calls "humanism" and uses this philosophy to analyze age old questions of proof, certainty and invention versus discovery. He also surveys the history of the philosophy of mathematics. Readers of all levels of mathematical experience will be stimulated by the fascinating and perspicacious discussions Hersh has to offer. This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Ruben Hersh puts the people into the philosophy and the philosophy into the mathematics: he will take your mind to places it has never dreamed of."Ian Stewart, The Mathematical Institute, University of Coventry"Reuben Hersh's insider's view of the big questions about the nature of mathematics is witty, provocative, insightful, and always accessible. It should revitalize discussions among mathematicians, philosophers, and historiansand all those people who have wondered what mathematics is all about."Philip Kitcher"Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? is the most thorough, comprehensive survey of all that has been written on the philosophy of mathematics. It will remain the standard reference in the philosophy of mathematics, indispensable to both mathematicians and philosophers. The author combines the experience of a research mathematician with a keen sense of philosophical relevance to give brief, incisive sketches that strikingly summarize every philosopher's contribution (of the lack of it). Reuben Hersh's volume should be required reading of all undergraduate mathematics majors, as well as of any cultivated person with or without a mathematical background."GianCarlo Rota, Department of Mathematics, MIT "Ruben Hersh puts the people into the philosophy and the philosophy into the mathematics: he will take your mind to places it has never dreamed of."Ian Stewart, The Mathematical Institute, University of Coventry "Reuben Hersh's insider's view of the big questions about the nature of mathematics is witty, provocative, insightful, and always accessible. It should revitalize discussions among mathematicians, philosophers, and historiansand all those people who have wondered what mathematics is all about."Philip Kitcher "Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? is the most thorough, comprehensive survey of all that has been written on the philosophy of mathematics. It will remain the standard reference in the philosophy of mathematics, indispensable to both mathematicians and philosophers. The author combines the experience of a research mathematician with a keen sense of philosophical relevance to give brief, incisive sketches that strikingly summarize every philosopher's contribution (of the lack of it). Reuben Hersh's volume should be required reading of all undergraduate mathematics majors, as well as of any cultivated person with or without a mathematical background."GianCarlo Rota, Department of Mathematics, MIT "Ruben Hersh puts the people into the philosophy and the philosophy into the mathematics: he will take your mind to places it has never dreamed of."Ian Stewart, The Mathematical Institute, University of Coventry "Reuben Hersh's insider's view of the big questions about the nature of mathematics is witty, provocative, insightful, and always accessible. It should revitalize discussions among mathematicians, philosophers, and historiansand all those people who have wondered what mathematics is all about."Philip Kitcher "Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? is the most thorough, comprehensive survey of all that has been written on the philosophy of mathematics. It will remain the standard reference in the philosophy of mathematics, indispensable to both mathematicians and philosophers. The author combines the experience of a research mathematician with a keen sense of philosophical relevance to give brief, incisive sketches that strikingly summarize every philosopher's contribution (of the lack of it). Reuben Hersh's volume should be required reading of all undergraduate mathematics majors, as well as of any cultivated person with or without a mathematical background."GianCarlo Rota, Department of Mathematics, MIT "Ruben Hersh puts the people into the philosophy and the philosophy into the mathematics: he will take your mind to places it has never dreamed of."Ian Stewart, The Mathematical Institute, University of Coventry"Reuben Hersh's insider's view of the big questions about the nature of mathematics is witty, provocative, insightful, and always accessible. It should revitalize discussions among mathematicians, philosophers, and historiansand all those people who have wondered what mathematics is allabout."Philip Kitcher"Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? is the most thorough, comprehensive survey of all that has been written on the philosophy of mathematics. It will remain the standard reference in the philosophy of mathematics, indispensable to both mathematicians and philosophers. The author combinesthe experience of a research mathematician with a keen sense of philosophical relevance to give brief, incisive sketches that strikingly summarize every philosopher's contribution (of the lack of it). Reuben Hersh's volume should be required reading of all undergraduate mathematics majors, as wellas of any cultivated person with or without a mathematical background."GianCarlo Rota, Department of Mathematics, MIT
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