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  • The Autonomy of Mathematical Knowledgeby Curtis Franks

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 27.00

    This study reconstructs, analyses and re-evaluates the programme of influential mathematical thinker David Hilbert, presenting it in a different light. more...

  • Pythagoras' Revengeby Arturo Sangalli

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 15.95

    The celebrated mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras left no writings. But what if he had and the manuscript was never found? Where would it be located? And what information would it reveal? These questions are the inspiration for the mathematical mystery novel Pythagoras' Revenge . Suspenseful and instructive, Pythagoras' Revenge weaves fact,... more...

  • Thabit ibn Qurraby Roshdi Rashed

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 224.00

    Thabit ibn Qurra (826?901) was one of history?s most original thinkers and displayed expertise in the most difficult disciplines of this time: geometry, number theory, and astronomy as well as ontology, physics, and metaphysics. Approximately a dozen of this shorter mathematical and philosophical writings are collected in this volume. Critically edited... more...

  • A Passage to Infinityby George Gheverghese Joseph

    SAGE India 2009; US$ 39.95

    This book traces the first faltering steps taken in the mathematical theorisation of infinity which marks the emergence of modern mathematics. It analyses the part played by Indian mathematicians through the Kerala conduit, which is an important but neglected part of the history of mathematics. Passage to Infinity: Medieval Indian Mathematics from... more...

  • Mind and Natureby Peter Pesic; Hermann Weyl; Peter Pesic

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 46.95

    Hermann Weyl (1885-1955) was one of the twentieth century's most important mathematicians, as well as a seminal figure in the development of quantum physics and general relativity. He was also an eloquent writer with a lifelong interest in the philosophical implications of the startling new scientific developments with which he was so involved. Mind... more...

  • The Lost Millenniumby Florin Diacu

    Knopf Canada 2010; US$ 22.00

    Have you ever wondered how we really know what year it is? Part detective story, part conspiracy theory, part scientific history, The Lost Millennium explores the astonishing possibility that our calendar is out by a thousand years. A chance conversation at a conference in Mexico started mathematician Florin Diacu on an amazing journey to make sense... more...

  • Kurt Gödel and the Foundations of Mathematicsby Matthias Baaz; Christos H. Papadimitriou; Hilary W. Putnam; Dana S. Scott; Charles L. Jr Harper

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 48.00

    This volume commemorates the life, work and foundational views of Kurt Gödel by exploring the impact of his work and its future implications. more...

  • The Evolution of Principia Mathematicaby Bernard Linsky

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 135.00

    Previously unpublished archival material helps us reassess this famous, but seldom studied, classic that prompted modern logic and computers. more...

  • Infinityby Michael Heller; W. Hugh Woodin

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 34.00

    A dozen world-renowned researchers explore the concept of infinity through the prism of mathematics and beyond. more...

  • Inductive Logicby John Woods; Stephan Hartmann; Dov M. Gabbay

    Elsevier Science 2011; US$ 275.00

    This volume is number ten in the 11-volume Handbook of the History of Logic. While there are many examples were a science split from philosophy and became autonomous (such as physics with Newton and biology with Darwin), and while there are, perhaps, topics that are of exclusively philosophical interest, inductive logic ? as this handbook attests... more...