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Descartes' Dream The World According to Mathematics

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ISBN-10: 0486442527

ISBN-13: 9780486442525

Edition: 2005

Authors: Philip J. Davis, Reuben Hersh

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Philosopher Ren Descartes visualized a world unified by mathematics, in which all intellectual issues could be resolved rationally by local computation. This series of provocative essays takes a modern look at the seventeenth-century thinker's dream, examining the physical and intellectual influences of mathematics on society, particularly in light of technological advances. They survey the conditions that elicit the application of mathematic principles; the effectiveness of these applications; and how applied mathematics constrain lives and transform perceptions of reality. Highly suitable for browsing, the essays require different levels of mathematical knowledge that range from popular…    
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This Mathematized World
Descartes' Dream
Where the Dream Stands Today
The Limits of Mathematics
Are We Drowning in Digits?
The Stochastized World: A Matter of Style?
Feedback and Control: The Equilibrium Machine
Computer Graphics and the Possibility of High Art
The Social Tyranny of Numbers
Mathematics and Rhetoric
The Criterion Makers: Mathematics and Social Policy
The Computerization of Love
Mathematics as a Social Filter
A "Marxian" Analysis of the Role of Computing in Organizations
Cognition and Computation
The Descriptive, Predictive, and Prescriptive Functions of Applied Mathematics
The Intellectual Components of Technology, Mathematics and Computation: Four Lists
Metathinking as a Way of Life
Three Meanings of Computation
What Scientific Computation is for
Why Should I Believe a Computer: Computation as Process and Product
The Whorfian Hypothesis: Ends and Means in Computer Languages
The Programming Milieu
Perspectives Through Time
Of Time and Mathematics
Non-Euclidean Geometry and Ethical Relativism
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Computers. Are We Hooked?
Mathematics and Ethics
Platonic Mathematics Meets Platonic Philosophy of Religion: An Ethical Metaphor
The Computer Thinks: An Interpretation in the Medieval Mode
Mathematics and the End of the World
Personal Meanings
Mathematics and Imposed Reality
Loss of Meaning through Intellectual Processes: Mathematical Abstraction