What Number Is God?: Metaphors, Metaphysics, Metamathematics, and the Nature of Things
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."
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
abstract basic bridge calculus Cantor Cantor set Cantorian religion chaos chapter common concept concrete connection consciousness contemporary continuum Dantzig Davis and Hersh definite integral Descartes Douglas Hofstadter Edges of Science Escher example existence experience exploration filter fractal geometry Georg Cantor Gleick Godel Hick Hick's Hofstadter Hopper human Ibid ideas implies infinite instance Interpretation involved James Gleick John Hick kaleidoscope Leibniz liberal religious literal math mathematical metaphor mathematician mathematics and religion McFague meaning Medieval Number Symbolism meta Metaphor and Religious metaphorical language Metaphorical Theology metaphysics mind Mungello nature notes notion Numerology paradox paranormal pattern perhaps philosophy philosophy of mathematics phor physical Pythagorean question reality realm relationship Religious Language religious pluralism respondees Restivo Reuben Hersh Sallie McFague scientific sense Soskice spiritual structure suggest Tao of Physics theory things thinking thought tion traditions truth understand Unitarian Universalism universe whole words York