Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty

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This work stresses the illogical manner in which mathematics has developed, the question of applied mathematics as against 'pure' mathematics, and the challenges to the consistency of mathematics' logical structure that have occurred in the twentieth century.

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Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty (Galaxy Books) (Paperback) by Morris Kline (Author)Editorial ReviewsBook DescriptionThis work stresses the illogical manner in which mathematics has developed, the question of applied mathematics as against 'pure' mathematics, and the challenges to the consistency of mathematics' logical structure that have occurred in the twentieth century. About the AuthorMorris Kline is Professor Emeritus at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.Product DetailsPaperback: 384 pages Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Reprint edition (June 17, 1982) Language: English engaging intellectual history in the domain of mathematics, July 14, 2003Reviewer:los desaparecidos (Makati City, Philippines) - See all my reviewsMorris Kline, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at New York University, offers us with this book a superb popular intellectual history in the domain of mathematics focusing on a single theme, the search for the perfection of truth in mathematical formalism. The outcome of this quest is described in its essence on page 257: "The science which in 1800, despite the failings in its logical development, was hailed as the perfect science, the science which establishes its conclusions by infallible, unquestionable reasoning, the science whose conclusions are not only infallible but truths about our universe and, as some would maintain, truths in any possible universe, had not only lost its claim to t

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