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Circles disturbed : the interplay of mathematics and narrative

Author: Apostolos K Doxiadēs; Barry Mazur
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Circles Disturbed brings together important thinkers in mathematics, history, and philosophy to explore the relationship between mathematics and narrative. The book's title recalls the last words of the great Greek mathematician Archimedes before he was slain by a Roman soldier--"Don't disturb my circles"--words that seem to refer to two radically different concerns: that of the practical person living in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Logic, Symbolic and mathematical
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Apostolos K Doxiadēs; Barry Mazur
ISBN: 9780691149042 0691149046
OCLC Number: 757838198
Description: xix, 570 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: From voyagers to martyrs : toward a storied history of mathematics / Amir Alexander --
Structure of crystal, bucket of dust / Peter Galison --
Deductive narrative and the epistemological function of belief in mathematics : on Bombelli and imaginary numbers / Federica La Nave --
Hilbert on theology and its discontents : the origin myth of modern mathematics / Colin McLarty --
Do androids prove theorems in their sleep? / Michael Harris --
Visions, dreams, and mathematics / Barry Mazur --
Vividness in mathematics and narrative / Timothy Gowers --
Mathematics and narrative : why are stories and proofs interesting? / Bernard Teissier --
Narrative and the rationality of mathematical practice / David Corfield --
A streetcar named (among other things) proof : from storytelling to geometry, via poetry and rhetoric / Apostolos Doxiadis --
Mathematics and narrative : an Aristotelian perspective / G.E.R. Lloyd --
Adventures of the diagonal : non-Euclidean mathematics and narrative / Arkady Plotinitsky --
Formal models in narrative analysis / David Herman --
Mathematics and narrative : a narratological perspective / Uri Margolin --
Tales of contingency, contingencies of telling : toward an algorithm of narrative subjectivity / Jan Christoph Meister.
Responsibility: edited by Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur.

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Recalls the last words of the great Greek mathematician Archimedes before he was slain by a Roman soldier - "Don't disturb my circles" - words that seem to refer to two radically different concerns:  Read more...
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"Editors Doxiadis and Mazur have compiled a collection of 15 essays that look at the many possible roles narrative can play in mathematics, which is usually considered far removed from Read more...

 
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