Mathematics and War

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Bernhelm Booß-Bavnbek, Jens Høyrup
Birkhäuser, Dec 6, 2012 - Mathematics - 420 pages

Mathematics has for centuries been stimulated, financed and credited by military purposes. Some mathematical thoughts and mathematical technology have also been vital in war. During World War II mathematical work by the Anti-Hitler coalition was part of an aspiration to serve humanity and not help destroy it. At present, it is not an easy task to view the bellicose potentials of mathematics in a proper perspective.

The book presents historical evidence and recent changes in the interaction between mathematics and the military. It discusses the new mathematically enhanced development of military technology which seems to have changed the very character of modern warfare.

 

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Contents

Introduction Bernhelm BooßBavnbek Jens Høyrup
1
An Attempt at an International
23
The Brains behind the Enigma Code Breaking before the Second World
83
On the Defence Work of A N Kolmogorov during World War II
103
New Mathematical Disciplines and Research in the Wake of World War II
126
Mathematics and War in Japan Setsuo Fukutomi
153
Mickey Flies the Stealth Philip J Davis
174
Warfare Can Be Calculated Svend Clausen
216
More or Less Exposed Noncombatants and Civilian Objects under the Conditions
282
Niels Bohrs Political Crusade during World War II Finn Aaserud
299
The Military Use of Alan Turing Andrew Hodges
312
The Mathematician K Ogura and the Greater East Asia War
326
Ethics and Military Research Jesper Ryberg
352
Mathematical Thinking and International Law Ib Martin Jarvad
367
Calculated Security? Mathematical Modelling of Conflict and Cooperation
390
List of Contributors
413

Duels of Systems and Forces Helge Löfstedt
239
On Facts and Fiction of Information Warfare
257

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