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Book Details2015; 149 ppMSC: Primary 00;
This book is a mathematical potpourri. Its material originated in classroom presentations, formal lectures, sections of earlier books, book reviews, or just things written by the author for his own pleasure. Written in a nontechnical fashion, this book expresses the unique vision and attitude of the author towards the role of mathematics in society. It contains observations or incidental remarks on mathematics, its nature, its impacts on education and science and technology, its personalities and philosophies. The book is directed towards the math buffs of the world and, more generally, towards the literate and interested public.
Philip Davis is known for his work in numerical analysis and approximation theory, as well as his investigations in the history and philosophy of mathematics. Currently a Professor Emeritus from the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, Davis is known for his books both in the areas of computational mathematics and approximation theory and for books exploring certain questions in the philosophy of mathematics and the role of mathematics in society.ReadershipAnyone interested in the history and philosophy of science, in general, and mathematics, in particular.

Table of Contents

Chapters

The unity and disunity of mathematics

Evidence in mathematics

Out of what stuff do we make mathematics?

Computational experiences in the preelectronic days

Spengler’s mathematics considered and a Phoenix reborn?

Can the mathematical/physical notions of entropy be usefully imported into the social sphere?

The decline, fall, and current resurgence of visual geometry: Mathematics as a multisemiotic enterprise

The unicorn or mathematical ontology

Mathematics, politics, and law

The two culture controversy: A mathematician’s view a half century later

Four literary men comment on mathematics: Henry James, George Santayana, Paul Valéry, and Isaiah Berlin

The media and mathematics look at each other

New winds blowing in applied mathematics


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Opening the collection of essays on Unity and disunity by Philip K. Davis to any selection was like...hearing my friend's voice rise and fall, synthesizing disparate ideas in a wondrous conversation between the one and the universe, with me as a permitted eavesdropper...If you want a fun book to read, you will find treasures here in these essays by one who does indeed span the two cultures.
Andrew James Simoson, Mathematical Reviews


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This book is a mathematical potpourri. Its material originated in classroom presentations, formal lectures, sections of earlier books, book reviews, or just things written by the author for his own pleasure. Written in a nontechnical fashion, this book expresses the unique vision and attitude of the author towards the role of mathematics in society. It contains observations or incidental remarks on mathematics, its nature, its impacts on education and science and technology, its personalities and philosophies. The book is directed towards the math buffs of the world and, more generally, towards the literate and interested public.
Philip Davis is known for his work in numerical analysis and approximation theory, as well as his investigations in the history and philosophy of mathematics. Currently a Professor Emeritus from the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, Davis is known for his books both in the areas of computational mathematics and approximation theory and for books exploring certain questions in the philosophy of mathematics and the role of mathematics in society.
Anyone interested in the history and philosophy of science, in general, and mathematics, in particular.

Chapters

The unity and disunity of mathematics

Evidence in mathematics

Out of what stuff do we make mathematics?

Computational experiences in the preelectronic days

Spengler’s mathematics considered and a Phoenix reborn?

Can the mathematical/physical notions of entropy be usefully imported into the social sphere?

The decline, fall, and current resurgence of visual geometry: Mathematics as a multisemiotic enterprise

The unicorn or mathematical ontology

Mathematics, politics, and law

The two culture controversy: A mathematician’s view a half century later

Four literary men comment on mathematics: Henry James, George Santayana, Paul Valéry, and Isaiah Berlin

The media and mathematics look at each other

New winds blowing in applied mathematics

Opening the collection of essays on Unity and disunity by Philip K. Davis to any selection was like...hearing my friend's voice rise and fall, synthesizing disparate ideas in a wondrous conversation between the one and the universe, with me as a permitted eavesdropper...If you want a fun book to read, you will find treasures here in these essays by one who does indeed span the two cultures.
Andrew James Simoson, Mathematical Reviews