The Mathematical Experience Reprint Edition
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- ASIN : 0395929687
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint edition (January 14, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780395929681
- ISBN-13 : 978-0395929681
- Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.06 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #585,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wherever one stands on this this particular philosophy, the book can be read on multiple levels without agreeing with the philosophy. The short vignettes can be read as enjoyable interesting mathematical and historical snippets, each independent of the other. It can be read as an exposition of the human activity which comprises mathematical investigations and discoveries (or are they creations?). Finally, it can be read as probes into the philosophy and foundations of mathematics.
A fair bit of mathematical knowledge (undergrad/grad-level) and some history of mathematics is recommended, and an understanding of philosophy of mathematics and FOM would be helpful if one wants to get the most out of this book. However, anyone with a motivated interest in mathematics should find this book worthwhile.
As a mathematician this book always represented the joy of mathematics to me. It has some great stories and really encompasses the mathematical experience.
After I read this book, I have been trying to be a little more Platonist than I used to.