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The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: A Cultural History

Paolo Zellini

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Allen Lane
04 March 2020
Social & cultural history; Mathematics & Sciences; Philosophy of mathematics; Philosophy of science; History of science; Abbey's Double Rewards
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Is mathematics a discovery or an invention? Have we invented numbers or do they truly exist? What sort of reality could we attribute to them?

Mathematics has always been a way of understanding and ordering the world- from sacred ancient texts and pre-Socratic philosophers to twentieth-century logicians such as Russell and Frege and beyond.

In this masterful, elegant book, mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini offers a brief cultural and intellectual history of mathematics, from ancient Greece to India to our contemporary obsession with algorithms, showing how mathematical thinking is inextricably linked with philosophical, existential and religious questions - and indeed with our cosmic understanding of the world.
By:   Paolo Zellini
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   377g
ISBN:   9780241312179
ISBN 10:   0241312175
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paolo Zellini is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Rome where his research focuses on numerical analysis and the evolution of mathematical thought. He is the author of the international bestseller A Brief History of Infinity which Italo Calvino described as 'one of the most important books of the twentieth or twenty-first centuries'.

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