What is mathematics really reflects an insiders view of mathematical life and will be hotly debated by anyone with an interest in mathematics or the philosophy of science enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone . The book being reviewed here what is mathematics really is engagingly written i found the literary style to be highly palatable however i do not concur with the authors philosophy of mathematics admittedly he was a professional mathematician while im a mere amateur mathematician and amateur philosopher. Virtually all philosophers treat mathematics as isolated timeless ahistorical inhuman in what is mathematics really renowned mathematician reuben hersh argues the contrary in a subversive attack on traditional philosophies of mathematics most notably platonism and formalism he shows that mathematics must be understood as a human activity a social phenomenon part of human culture . Second he tries to break the three way tie by making a new proposal as to what mathematics really is third he runs through the history of the philosophy of mathematics to argue that a his position is not really new but has a distinguished pedigree and b that all the other positions are clearly wrong. Get this from a library what is mathematics really reuben hersh virtually all philosophers treat mathematics as isolated timeless ahistorical inhuman in what is mathematics really renowned mathematician reuben hersh argues the contrary in a subversive
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