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This book is about mathematical ideas, about what mathematics means-and why. Abstract ideas, for the most part, arise via conceptual metaphor-metaphorical ideas projecting from the way we function in the everyday physical world. Where Mathematics Comes From argues that conceptual metaphor plays a central role in mathematical ideas within the cognitive unconscious-from arithmetic and algebra to sets and logic to infinity in all of its forms.

Synopsis:

Renowned linguist George Lakoff pairs with psychologist Rafael Nuñez in the first book to provide a serious study of the cognitive science of mathematical ideas.

About the Author

George Lakoff is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a founder of the generative semantics movements in linguistics in the 1960s and of the field of cognitive linguistics in the 1970s, and one of the developers of the neural theory of language in the 1980s and '90s. He is the co-author, with Mark Johnson, of Metaphors We Live By and Philosophy in the Flesh.Rafael Nuñez is currently at the Department of Psychology of the University of Freiburg, and is a research associate of the University of California, Berkeley. He is the co-editor of Reclaiming Cognition: The Primacy of Action, Intention and Emotion.

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ISBN:
9780465037711
Author:
Lakoff, George
Author:
Nunez, Rafael
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Mathematics - General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.38 in 30 oz

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