Figures of Thought: Mathematics and Mathematical Texts

Routledge (1994)

Figures of Thought looks at how mathematical works can be read as texts and examines their textual strategies. David Reed offers the first sustained and critical attempt to find a consistent argument or narrative thread in mathematical texts. Reed selects mathematicians from a range of historical periods and compares their approaches to organizing and arguing texts, using an extended commentary on Euclid's Elements as a central structuring framework. He develops fascinating interpretations of mathematicians' work throughout history, from Descartes to Hilbert, Kronecker, Dedekind, Weil and Grothendieck. Reed traces the implications of this approach to the understanding of the history and development of mathematics.
Keywords Mathematics Philosophy  Mathematics History  Mathematical literature
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Call number QA8.4.R44 1995
ISBN(s) 0415081467   9780415081467
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