This book tackles important questions which have engaged mathematicians and philosophers for thousands of years and are still being asked today. The main purpose of the book is to ask: In what sense do mathematical objects exist? How can we have knowledge of them? Why do mathematicians think mathematical entities exist for ever, independent of human action and knowledge? In clear, elegant prose and with scholarship born of first-hand experience, Reuben Hersh illuminates the mysteries behind the meaning and nature of mathematics.
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Tackles important questions which have engaged mathematicians, scientists and philosophers for thousands of years and are still being asked today.Review:
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.
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Book Description Vintage, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099748312