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Examines the impact of mathematics on our social life and on our perceptions of reality, knowledge, and time, ranging from ancient Egyptian land surveys to Descartes' work
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Different in approach from the authors' well received The Mathematical Experience , which concentrated on developing a philosophy of mathematics, this eclectic collection of essays examines the application of mathematics to nature and human activities. Applied mathematics has become all-pervasive during the past 100 years as business, technology, and mathematics have combined to generate the computer age and the information society. In episodic fashion, Davis and Hersh present a lively narrative on the background and history of automation technology and its resultant social changes, and they evaluate the effectiveness, benefits, and even dangers of the "mathematization of the world." Fascinating and unique reading, though some of the essays are rather technical for the nonspecialist. Still, highly recommended. Robert Paustian, Wilkes Coll. Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Book Description Harcourt, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110151252602
Book Description Harcourt, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0151252602