Nominalism and Constructivism in Seventeenth-Century Mathematical Philosophy

Author: David Sepkoski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136768688

Category: Mathematics

Page: 176

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What was the basis for the adoption of mathematics as the primary mode of discourse for describing natural events by a large segment of the philosophical community in the seventeenth century? In answering this question, this book demonstrates that a significant group of philosophers shared the belief that there is no necessary correspondence between external reality and objects of human understanding, which they held to include the objects of mathematical and linguistic discourse. The result is a scholarly reliable, but accessible, account of the role of mathematics in the works of (amongst others) Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton, Leibniz, and Berkeley. This impressive volume will benefit scholars interested in the history of philosophy, mathematical philosophy and the history of mathematics.

The New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics

Author: David Toomey

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039307837X

Category: Science

Page: 400

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The story of physicists' quest to answer a mind-boggling question: How can we travel through time? Since H. G. Wells' 1895 classic The Time Machine, readers of science fiction have puzzled over the paradoxes of time travel. What would happen if a time traveler tried to change history? Would some force or law of nature prevent him? Or would his action produce a "new" history, branching away from the original?In the last decade of the twentieth century a group of theoretical physicists at the California Institute of Technology undertook a serious investigation of the possibility of pastward time travel, inspiring a serious and sustained study that engaged more than thirty physicists working at universities and institutes around the world.Many of the figures involved are familiar: Einstein, Stephen Hawking and Kip Thorne; others are names known mostly to physicists. These are the new time travelers, and this is the story of their work--a profoundly human endeavor marked by advances, retreats, and no small share of surprises. It is a fantastic journey to the frontiers of physics. Some images in the ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues.

History of Mathematics and Related Sciences

An Annotated Bibliography of Sources Held by Monash University Library

Author: Gordon C. Smith,Susan Radvansky,Marta Chiba

Publisher: N.A


Category: Astronomy

Page: 138

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Annotated listing of the collection of books pertaining to the history of mathematics accumulated by Monash University in its three decades of existence. Comprises original works, facsimiles, translations, popularisations, biographical and bibliographical works.