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Thinking about Mathematics: The Philosophy of Mathematics 1st Edition
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Some of the book is a little dense and may be skimmed. He does go into detail a bit much in some places and the non technical reader will be lost. But Shapiro usually does do a good job of summarizing complex thoughts.
This book whetted my appetite for more and I plan on continuing thinking about these things and hopefully take some classes in mathematical logic and philosophy.
So this might be a great book for someone with a solid backgrounds in both philosophy and mathematics who wants to know more about questions at the crossroads of both fields. However, I absolutely do not recommend it as an introduction to these ideas.
you could have trouble understanding this book (and likely any other book
on the philosophy of mathematics). Having a mathematics education with no
real philosophy classes taken isn't enough The course in logic ( the one offered
by the philosophy department) that college mathematics majors take will not help
you very much. A dictionary of philosophy is needed when you are reading
the text. and then it's still hard to read through -- that's how it was for me! And I
thought that I could get good at the philosophy of mathematics! The book
is described by the author as a popular math philosophy book. You can start reading
this book with the intention of going through all of it and you might not complete the read.
There are more basic philosophy of mathematics books available, but not many.
Definitely a higher level read since I'm not well versed in philosophical reading, but I ultimately enjoy it, once I get understand some of the technical issues.
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The amazing thing about the little handful of books on Mathematical Philosophy--2 by Shapiro, Frege, Russell and of course Benacerraf and Putnam's classic, is the paucity of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Let's Compare Options Preptorial
This is not a great work, but it is probably worth reading for undergraduate students of philosophy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jordan Bell
Shapiro did not make the topic easy to understand. That's impossible. It's philosophy of math. But he made it as understandable to me, a reader with very little previous exposure... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by eric j larson
This item was sent out quickly and received by my son in college quickly. Was in great shape. Thanks you.Published on March 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I recommend this book to all that are interested in the philosophy of mathematics that have only a minimal background in both. Read morePublished on April 19, 2009 by Derek Anderson