Descartes' Dream: The World According to Mathematics

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Houghton Mifflin, 1987 - Mathematics - 321 pages
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Rationalist philosopher and mathematician Rene 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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Different in approach from the authors' well received The Mathematical Experience , which concentrated on developing a philosophy of mathematics, this eclectic collection of essays examines the ... Read full review


Descartes Dream
Where the Dream Stands Today
Are We Drowning in Digits?

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About the author (1987)

Davis is Professor Emeritus, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University.

Reuben Hersh taught at several distinguished colleges and universities around the country. Now retired, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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