What Number Is God?: Metaphors, Metaphysics, Metamathematics, and the Nature of Things

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SUNY Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 214 pages
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The ancient Greeks held that number rules the universe and that God ever geometrizes. Here author Sarah Voss explores the historical connection between mathematics and religion in her provocative book, What Number Is God? Citing many examples, she shows that humankind has long used mathematics metaphorically to understand and make sense of life s most fundamental questions.
As Voss shows, contemporary society also uses metaphors of mathematics to investigate such issues, though in a fashion that is frequently overlooked or denied. The intentional use of contemporary mathematical ideas as metaphors for metaphysical notions can have a dramatic impact on modern society, in part by providing new symbols to replace old religious language which has lost its power to excite."
 

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Contents

Imageination in Mathematics and Religion
41
Holy Mathematics
71
God the Definite Integral and Cantorian
111
MetaStepping
125
Model of a Coastline
139
Religion of All Religions
140
Afterword
157
Notes
173
Reference List
203
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About the author (1995)

Sarah Voss, a Unitarian Universalist minister and former mathematics professor, is Director of the Nebraska Eastern Regional Math and Science Coalition. She has also written Voice to Voice and Heart to Heart: A Story of an Interim Ministry and Out of Our Prayers, Hope.

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