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History & Philosophy

  • The Great Formal Machinery Worksby Jan von Plato

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 35.00 US$ 31.85

    The information age owes its existence to a little-known but crucial development, the theoretical study of logic and the foundations of mathematics. The Great Formal Machinery Works draws on original sources and rare archival materials to trace the history of the theories of deduction and computation that laid the logical foundations for the digital... more...

  • Mathematics Old and Newby Saul Stahl; Paul E. Johnson

    Dover Publications 2017; US$ 24.95

    This introductory treatment provides insightful expositions of specific applications as well as elements of mathematical history and culture. The in-depth coverage of key mathematical topics is presented in clear terms and at an informal level that relates classic concepts to readers' everyday lives. Some knowledge of high school algebra would be useful... more...

  • Ibn al-Haytham's Geometrical Methods and the Philosophy of Mathematicsby Roshdi Rashed

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    This fifth volume of A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics is complemented by four preceding volumes which focused on the main chapters of classical mathematics: infinitesimal geometry, theory of conics and its applications, spherical geometry, mathematical astronomy, etc. This book includes seven main works of Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) and... more...

  • The Path to Post-Galilean Epistemologyby Danilo Capecchi

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 102.82

    This book casts new light on the process that in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries led to a profound transformation in the study of nature with the emergence of mechanistic philosophy, the new mixed mathematics, and the establishment of the experimental approach. It is argued that modern European science originated from Hellenistic mathematics... more...

  • Act-Based Conceptions of Propositional Contentby Friederike Moltmann; Mark Textor

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 72.99

    The notion of a propositional content plays a central role in contemporary philosophy of language. While the Fregean conception of propositions as mind-independent objects has dominated analytic philosophy, a number of philosophers have approached the notion of a propositional content instead by focusing on cognitive acts. The volume present a central... more...

  • What is a Mathematical Concept?by Elizabeth de Freitas; Nathalie Sinclair; Alf Coles

    Cambridge University Press 2017; US$ 88.00

    Leading thinkers in mathematics, philosophy and education offer new insights into the fundamental question: what is a mathematical concept? more...

  • The Works of Archimedes: Volume 2, On Spiralsby Archimedes; Reviel Netz

    Cambridge University Press 2017; US$ 80.00

    The first fully-fledged English translation of perhaps Archimedes' most attractive mathematical work, with comments on his scientific style. more...

  • Mathematics without Apologiesby Michael Harris; Michael Harris

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 22.95 US$ 20.88

    What do pure mathematicians do, and why do they do it? Looking beyond the conventional answers—for the sake of truth, beauty, and practical applications—this book offers an eclectic panorama of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians in the twenty-first century, assembling material from a startlingly diverse assortment of scholarly,... more...

  • Philosophy of Mathematicsby Øystein Linnebo

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 29.95 US$ 27.25

    A sophisticated, original introduction to the philosophy of mathematics from one of its leading contemporary scholars Mathematics is one of humanity's most successful yet puzzling endeavors. It is a model of precision and objectivity, but appears distinct from the empirical sciences because it seems to deliver nonexperiential knowledge of a nonphysical... more...

  • Philosophical Explorations of the Legacy of Alan Turingby Juliet Floyd; Alisa Bokulich

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 102.82

    This volume presents an historical and philosophical revisiting of the foundational character of Turing’s conceptual contributions and assesses the impact of the work of Alan Turing on the history and philosophy of science. Written by experts from a variety of disciplines, the book draws out the continuing significance of Turing’s work. The centennial... more...