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Matiere a Pensee

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ISBN-10: 0691004056

ISBN-13: 9780691004051

Edition: 1995

Authors: Jean-Pierre Changeux, M. B. DeBevoise, Alain Connes

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Do numbers and the other objects of mathematics enjoy a timeless existence independent of human minds, or are they the products of cerebral invention? Do we discover them, as Plato supposed and many others have believed since, or do we construct them? Does mathematics constitute a universal language that in principle would permit human beings to communicate with extraterrestrial civilizations elsewhere in the universe, or is it merely an earthly language that owes its accidental existence to the peculiar evolution of neuronal networks in our brains? Does the physical world actually obey mathematical laws, or does it seem to conform to them simply because physicists have increasingly been…    
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/27/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Caterina Consani is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University. Alain Connes is a professor at the College de France, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Bures sur Yvette, and a distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University. He won the Fields Medal in 1982.

Translator's Note
Preface to the Original French Edition
Mathematics and the Brain
Plato as Materialist?
Nature Made to Order
The Neuronal Mathematician
Darwin among the Mathematicians
Thinking Machines
The Real and the Rational
Epilogue: Ethical Questions
Glossary of Mathematical Terms
Glossary of Neurobiological Terms