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Meaning in mathematics

Author: J C Polkinghorne
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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Is mathematics invented or discovered? Why does this seemingly abstract discipline provide the key to unlocking the deep secrets of the physical universe? Famous mathematicians, mathematical  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J C Polkinghorne
ISBN: 9780199605057 019960505X
OCLC Number: 729687097
Description: xii, 159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / John Polkinghorne --
Is mathematics discovered or invented? / Timothy Gowers --
Exploring the mathematical library of Babel / Marcus du Sautoy --
Mathematical reality / John Polkinghorne --
Mathematics, the mind, and the physical world / Roger Penrose --
Mathematical understanding / Peter Lipton --
Creation and discovery in mathematics / Mary Leng --
Discovery, invention and realism : Gödel and others on the reality of concepts / Michael Detlefsen --
Mathematics and objectivity / Stewart Shapiro --
The reality of mathematical objects / Gideon Rosen --
Getting more out of mathematics than what we put in / Mark Steiner.
Responsibility: edited by John Polkinghorne.
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"Lipton's posthumously published essay... presents a thoughtful comparison of mathematical explanation and understanding with models of scientific explanation." -- Michael Liston, Department of Read more...

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