Arguing with Numbers

Arguing with Numbers

This volume calls into question the view that mathematics is free of rhetoric. Through nine studies of the intersections between these two disciplines, Arguing with Numbers shows that mathematics is in fact deeply rhetorical.

Author: James Wynn

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271089232

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 302

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As discrete fields of inquiry, rhetoric and mathematics have long been considered antithetical to each other. That is, if mathematics explains or describes the phenomena it studies with certainty, persuasion is not needed. This volume calls into question the view that mathematics is free of rhetoric. Through nine studies of the intersections between these two disciplines, Arguing with Numbers shows that mathematics is in fact deeply rhetorical. Using rhetoric as a lens to analyze mathematically based arguments in public policy, political and economic theory, and even literature, the essays in this volume reveal how mathematics influences the values and beliefs with which we assess the world and make decisions and how our worldviews influence the kinds of mathematical instruments we construct and accept. In addition, contributors examine how concepts of rhetoric—such as analogy and visuality—have been employed in mathematical and scientific reasoning, including in the theorems of mathematical physicists and the geometrical diagramming of natural scientists. Challenging academic orthodoxy, these scholars reject a math-equals-truth reduction in favor of a more constructivist theory of mathematics as dynamic, evolving, and powerfully persuasive. By bringing these disparate lines of inquiry into conversation with one another, Arguing with Numbers provides inspiration to students, established scholars, and anyone inside or outside rhetorical studies who might be interested in exploring the intersections between the two disciplines. In addition to the editors, the contributors to this volume are Catherine Chaput, Crystal Broch Colombini, Nathan Crick, Michael Dreher, Jeanne Fahnestock, Andrew C. Jones, Joseph Little, and Edward Schiappa.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

In the cave of Aladdin a little narrative of the safe deposit vault

In the cave of Aladdin a little narrative of the safe deposit vault

Yet a perverse spirit seems to possess many purchasers of safes, who going directly against the advice of the experienced, insist upon combining precisely the figures prohibited, arguing that the numbers which criminals know to be in ...

Author: J.P. Carter

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 9785870768403

Category: History

Page: 275

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Categories: History

Mathematical Tables for Class room Use

Mathematical Tables for Class room Use

The arguments are the numbers for which the values of the functions have been computed ; thus in Vie , values of n are the ... An argument is at the side of the table , or sometimes part of it is at the side and part at the top or foot ...

Author: Mansfield Merriman


ISBN: UCAL:B3136374

Category: Mathematics

Page: 67

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Categories: Mathematics

Reports of Cases at Law and in Chancery Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Illinois

Reports of Cases at Law and in Chancery Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Illinois

There was an objection to the raising , by the clerk , of fractions or decimals to whole numbers . ... It is said in argument that decimal rates were raised to whole numbers in the separate taxes of the South Park board and the Lincoln ...

Author: Illinois. Supreme Court


ISBN: HARVARD:32044078685369

Category: Law reports, digests, etc


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Categories: Law reports, digests, etc

More Precisely

More Precisely

There are more sets of numbers than numbers. 5.2 The Power Set Argument in Detail We illustrated Cantor's Power Set Argument using numbers. But the Argument is fully general - it works with any set. Here's the fully general version of ...

Author: Eric Steinhart

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781460401361

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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More Precisely provides a rigorous and engaging introduction to the mathematics necessary to do philosophy. It is impossible to fully understand much of the most important work in contemporary philosophy without a basic grasp of set theory, functions, probability, modality and infinity. Until now, this knowledge was difficult to acquire. Professors had to provide custom handouts to their classes, while students struggled through math texts searching for insight. More Precisely fills this key gap. Eric Steinhart provides lucid explanations of the basic mathematical concepts and sets out most commonly used notational conventions. Furthermore, he demonstrates how mathematics applies to many fundamental issues in branches of philosophy such as metaphysics, philosophy of language, epistemology, and ethics.
Categories: Philosophy

A Guide book to Mathematics for Technologists and Engineers

A Guide book to Mathematics for Technologists and Engineers

number and those of the axis of ordinates ( the imaginary axis ) represent the purely imaginary numbers . ... expressed in radian measure is called the argument of the complex number a and denoted by arg a : p = lal , q = arg a .

Author: Ilʹi͡a Nikolaevich Bronshteĭn

Publisher: Pergamon

ISBN: UOM:39015038950369

Category: Mathematics

Page: 783

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Categories: Mathematics

I Will Surely Multiply Your Offspring

I Will Surely Multiply Your Offspring

Moreover, given the uncertain meaning of ףלא and the fact that these figures always represent only a portion of the ... arguing that inflated numbers were a common ANE “rhetorical device,” citing several ANE texts where battle figures ...

Author: Jamie Viands

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781620324851

Category: Religion

Page: 374

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After creating man and woman, God's first recorded blessing upon them is "be fruitful and multiply." Like the blessings of food and health, the human experience of procreation is so common that we may overlook its importance within the biblical narrative. However, I Will Surely Multiply Your Offspring, a comprehensive examination of the progeny blessing, demonstrates that this motif is both prevalent and significant within the Old Testament by tracing its development throughout the redemptive-historical narrative. Viands identifies different progeny blessing traditions associated with the Abrahamic covenant, the Sinai covenant, and the new covenant, and describes their interrelationships as well as their relationship to the universal blessing first found in Genesis 1. This study lays the foundation for a biblical worldview of human proliferation, contributing to contemporary discussions concerning whether humans are obligated to bear children as well as procreation ethics.
Categories: Religion

Music and the Making of Modern Science

Music and the Making of Modern Science

For if we lack rational numbers in geometrical figures, their place is taken by irrationals, which prove precisely ... Thus, even though his musical arguments had led him to affirm irrational numbers, his concern to avoid the infinite ...

Author: Peter Pesic

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262027274

Category: Music

Page: 360

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A wide-ranging exploration of how music has influenced science through the ages, from fifteenth-century cosmology to twentieth-century string theory. In the natural science of ancient Greece, music formed the meeting place between numbers and perception; for the next two millennia, Pesic tells us in Music and the Making of Modern Science, “liberal education” connected music with arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy within a fourfold study, the quadrivium. Peter Pesic argues provocatively that music has had a formative effect on the development of modern science—that music has been not just a charming accompaniment to thought but a conceptual force in its own right. Pesic explores a series of episodes in which music influenced science, moments in which prior developments in music arguably affected subsequent aspects of natural science. He describes encounters between harmony and fifteenth-century cosmological controversies, between musical initiatives and irrational numbers, between vibrating bodies and the emergent electromagnetism. He offers lively accounts of how Newton applied the musical scale to define the colors in the spectrum; how Euler and others applied musical ideas to develop the wave theory of light; and how a harmonium prepared Max Planck to find a quantum theory that reengaged the mathematics of vibration. Taken together, these cases document the peculiar power of music—its autonomous force as a stream of experience, capable of stimulating insights different from those mediated by the verbal and the visual. An innovative e-book edition available for iOS devices will allow sound examples to be played by a touch and shows the score in a moving line.
Categories: Music

A level Mathematics Challenging Drill Questions Yellowreef

A level Mathematics Challenging Drill Questions  Yellowreef

Two complex numbers z and w are given by z = 1 - i and w=1 + 3i. Find modulus and argument of the complex number izw. Hence determine the argument of the complex number (izw)6. Find the modulus argument of the complex number w = - 1 ...

Author: Thomas Bond

Publisher: Yellowreef Limited

ISBN: 9780797802001

Category: Education

Page: 295

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Categories: Education