Descartes' Dream: The World According to Mathematics

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986 - Mathematics - 321 pages
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

Contents

Descartes Dream
3
Where the Dream Stands Today
9
Are We Drowning in Digits?
15
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