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Mathematics and the Search for Knowledge - Morris Kline

Mathematics and the Search for Knowledge

Paperback Published: 23rd April 1987
ISBN: 9780195042306
Number Of Pages: 263

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In this book Kline examines the development of mathematics as our most powerful instrument for exploring the physical world. He probes our existing world of mathematics and illuminates its workings as a science enabling us to penetrate the secrets of the world's natural phenomena.

"Requires a minimum of technical knowledge and gives an illuminating oversight of the historical developments...with many interesting observations along the way."--Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society "The lively writing makes this suitable supplementary reading for advanced undergraduates from many disciplines. An extensive and often technical bibliography is included for those who want to go further."--Zentralblätter/Abstract Journals "Requires a minimum of technical knowledge and gives an illuminating oversight of the historical developments...with many interesting observations along the way."--Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society "The lively writing makes this suitable supplementary reading for advanced undergraduates from many disciplines. An extensive and often technical bibliography is included for those who want to go further."--Zentralblätter/Abstract Journals

Historical Overview: Is There an External World?p. 3
The Failings of the Senses and Intuitionp. 21
The Rise and Role of Mathematicsp. 38
The Astronomical Worlds of the Greeksp. 51
The Heliocentric Theory of Copernicus and Keplerp. 68
Mathematics Dominates Physical Sciencep. 86
Mathematics and the Mystery of Gravitationp. 107
Mathematics and the Imperceptible Electromagnetic Worldp. 126
A Prelude to the Theory of Relativityp. 148
The Relativistic Worldp. 163
The Dissolution of Matter: Quantum Theoryp. 181
The Reality of Mathematical Physicsp. 197
Why Does Mathematics Work?p. 210
Mathematics and Nature's Behaviorp. 228
Bibliographyp. 246
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780195042306
ISBN-10: 0195042301
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 23rd April 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.79 x 13.82  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.24