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Discrete Thoughts: Essays on Mathematics, Science and Philosophy (Modern Birkhauser Classics)

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This is a volume of essays and reviews that delightfully explore mathematics in all its moods — from the light and the witty, and humorous to serious, rational, and cerebral. Topics include: logic, combinatorics, statistics, economics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and applications of mathematics broadly. You will also find history and philosophy covered, including discussion of the work of Ulam, Kant, Heidegger among others. "...these papers reflect on mathematics and its influence on human society. They can help the specialist to notice what is going on around him, and they may lead educated people from other domains to a better understanding of mathematics. Many of these papers can advise educators how to form a modern mathematics education, which develops approved ideas and institutions...I admire the stimulating perspectives of the authors."---American Mathematical Society "'Mathematicians, like Proust and everyone else, are at their best when writing about their first love' ... They are among the very best we have; and their best is very good indeed. ... One approaches this book with high hopes. Happily, one is not disappointed."--- From The Mathematical Intelligencer "Mathematics is shaped by the consistent concerns and styles of powerful minds --three of which are represented here. Kac's work is marked by deep commitment and breadth of inquiry. Rota is the easiest of these authors to read...a delight: witty and urbane, with a clear and interesting agenda and an astonishing intellectual range. To read him is to be a part of a pleasant and rewarding conversation.--Mathematics Magazine

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This is a volume of essays and reviews that delightfully explores mathematics in all its moods — from the light and the witty, and humorous to serious, rational, and cerebral; beautifully written articles from three great modern mathematicians.

Synopsis:

This is a volume of essays and reviews that delightfully explores mathematics in all its moods — from the light and the witty, and humorous to serious, rational, and cerebral. These beautifully written articles from three great modern mathematicians will provide a source for supplemental reading for almost any math class. Topics include: logic, combinatorics, statistics, economics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and broad applications of mathematics. Readers will also find coverage of history and philosophy, including discussion of the work of Ulam, Kant, and Heidegger, among others.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Discrete thoughts.- Mathematics: Tensions.- The Pernicious Influence of Mathematics on Science.- Statistics.- Statistics and Its History.- Combinatorics.- Computer Science.- Mathematics: Trends.- The Future of Computer Science.- Economics, Mathematical and Empirical.- Complicating Mathematics.- Mathematics and Its History.- Academic Responsibility.- Husserl and the Reform of Logic.- Husserl.- Artificial Intelligence.- Computing and Its History.- Will Computers Replace Humans?.- Computer-Aided Instruction.- Misreading the History of Mathematics.- The Wonderful World of Uncle Stan.- Ulam.- Kant.- Heidegger.- Doing Away with Science.- More Discrete Thoughts

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817647742
Author:
Kac, Mark
Publisher:
Birkhauser
Author:
Rota, Gian-Carlo
Author:
Schwartz, Jacob T.
Location:
Boston, MA
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Applied
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History of Mathematical Sciences
Subject:
Mathematical Logic and Foundations
Subject:
APPLICATIONS OF MATHEMATICS
Subject:
Game Theory, Economics, Social and Behav. Sciences
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Subject:
Mathematics -- History.
Subject:
The Arts
Subject:
mathematics and statistics
Subject:
Logic, symbolic and mathematical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reprint of the 1992 2nd ed.
Series:
Modern Birkhäuser Classics
Series Volume:
Essays on Mathematic
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm

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"Synopsis" by , This is a volume of essays and reviews that delightfully explores mathematics in all its moods — from the light and the witty, and humorous to serious, rational, and cerebral; beautifully written articles from three great modern mathematicians.
"Synopsis" by , This is a volume of essays and reviews that delightfully explores mathematics in all its moods — from the light and the witty, and humorous to serious, rational, and cerebral. These beautifully written articles from three great modern mathematicians will provide a source for supplemental reading for almost any math class. Topics include: logic, combinatorics, statistics, economics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and broad applications of mathematics. Readers will also find coverage of history and philosophy, including discussion of the work of Ulam, Kant, and Heidegger, among others.
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