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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"What Is Mathematics?"

An ongoing debate:


A discussion (actually review of a John Barrow book) centering around the long-time debate over whether mathematics objectively exists in reality or is merely a creation of the human mind.

...And plenty more food-for-thought here:

Nice article at Wikipedia giving overview of "philosophy of mathematics;" includes many links:


...and similar "Foundations of Mathematics" article also at Wikipedia:


Relatedly, possibly worth mentioning a 2009 book from Jeremy Gray "Plato's Ghost: The Modernist Transformation of Mathematics," which narrates the evolution of mathematical thought from 1880 to the 1920s:

an online review here:


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