A remarkable and independent thinker, Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer was a leader in twentieth century mathematics and in Dutch cultural life, where he was the key figure in a number of controversial issues, including a campaign to reverse the boycott of German scientists. In mathematics, he was a founder of modern topology and the creator of intuitionism, one of the most important schools of thought on the philosophy of mathematics. This biography discusses his fascinating life and provides a detailed analysis of his work.
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Dirk Van Dalen is an Emeritus Professor of Logic, Philosophy and Foundations of Mathematics at University of Utrecht.Review:
"This is a dense and many-layered biography, like a rich dessert, and I found that I wanted to savor it in small bites. I came away understanding how Brouwer had earned his reputation as eccentric, revolutionary, reactionary, and prophet all at once. . . . I was charmed by van Dalen's description of the context in which Brouwer's work took place . . . I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and am looking forward to Volume 2. I hope many mathematicians read it, and thereby gain a much more accurate picture of Brouwer the mystic, geometer and intuitionist, as well as some understanding of the enigma of Brouwer, the man. . . . I enthusiastically recommend this book for professors and lovers of mathematics and its history. Bright college students should also enjoy it, and especially appreciate the sections that convey the flavor of what it meant to do mathematics in those heady times."--Mathematical Association of America Online
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110198502974
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0198502974