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Descartes' Dream: The World According to Mathematics (Dover Science Books)

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"A passionate plea against the use of formal mathematical reasoning as a method for solving mankind's problems. . . . An antidote to the Cartesian view that mathematical and scientific knowledge will suffice to solve the central problems of human existence." — The New York Times

"These cogitations can and should be read by every literate person." — Science Books and Films

"A warning against being seduced or intimidated by mathematics into accepting bad science, bad policies, and bad personal decisions." — Philadelphia Inquirer

Rationalist philosopher and mathematician René Descartes visualized a world unified by mathematics, in which all intellectual issues could be resolved rationally by local computation. This series of provocative essays takes a modern look at the seventeenth-century thinker's dream, examining the physical and intellectual influences of mathematics on society, particularly in light of technological advances. These essays survey the conditions of civilization that elicit the application of mathematic principles; the effectiveness of these applications; situations in which the applications are beneficial, dangerous, or irrelevant; and how applied mathematics constrain lives and transform perceptions of reality. Highly suitable for browsing, the essays require different levels of mathematical knowledge that range from popular to professional.

Philip J. Davis is Professor Emeritus, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University. Reuben Hersh is Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

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These provocative essays take a modern look at the 17th-century thinker's dream, examining the influences of mathematics on society, particularly in light of technological advances. 1987 edition.

Synopsis:

“A passionate plea against the use of formal mathematical reasoning as a method for solving mankind’s problems.”—The New York Times

Rationalist philosopher and mathematician René Descartes visualized a world unified by mathematics, in which all intellectual issues could be resolved rationally by local computation. This series of provocative essays takes a modern look at the seventeenth-century thinker’s dream, examining the physical and intellectual influences of mathematics on society, particularly in light of technological advances.

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ISBN:
9780486442525
Author:
Davis, Philip J
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Davis, Philip J.
Author:
Hersh, Reuben
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
MAT039000
Subject:
Descartes, Rene
Subject:
Mathematics -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Mathematics
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.04 lb

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These provocative essays take a modern look at the 17th-century thinker's dream, examining the influences of mathematics on society, particularly in light of technological advances. 1987 edition.
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“A passionate plea against the use of formal mathematical reasoning as a method for solving mankind’s problems.”—The New York Times

Rationalist philosopher and mathematician René Descartes visualized a world unified by mathematics, in which all intellectual issues could be resolved rationally by local computation. This series of provocative essays takes a modern look at the seventeenth-century thinker’s dream, examining the physical and intellectual influences of mathematics on society, particularly in light of technological advances.

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