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Author Doxiadis, Apostolos, author.

Title Circles Disturbed [electronic resource] / Doxiadis, Apostolos.

Published Princeton University Press, 2012.

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 UniM INTERNET resource    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st edition
Physical description 552 p.
Series Safari Books Online
Summary Circles Disturbed brings together important thinkers in mathematics, history, and philosophy to explore the relationship between mathematics and narrative. The book's title recalls the last words of the great Greek mathematician Archimedes before he was slain by a Roman soldier--"Don't disturb my circles"--words that seem to refer to two radically different concerns: that of the practical person living in the concrete world of reality, and that of the theoretician lost in a world of abstraction. Stories and theorems are, in a sense, the natural languages of these two worlds--stories representing the way we act and interact, and theorems giving us pure thought, distilled from the hustle and bustle of reality. Yet, though the voices of stories and theorems seem totally different, they share profound connections and similarities. A book unlike any other, Circles Disturbed delves into topics such as the way in which historical and biographical narratives shape our understanding of mathematics and mathematicians, the development of "myths of origins" in mathematics, the structure and importance of mathematical dreams, the role of storytelling in the formation of mathematical intuitions, the ways mathematics helps us organize the way we think about narrative structure, and much more. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Amir Alexander, David Corfield, Peter Galison, Timothy Gowers, Michael Harris, David Herman, Federica La Nave, G.E.R. Lloyd, Uri Margolin, Colin McLarty, Jan Christoph Meister, Arkady Plotnitsky, and Bernard Teissier.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Boston, MA : Safari, Available via World Wide Web. 2012.
System notes Mode of access: World Wide Web.
NOTES Copyright © Princeton University Press 2012 2012
Issuing body notes Made available through: Safari, an O’Reilly Media Company.
Other author Mazur, Barry, author.
Safari, an O’Reilly Media Company.
Subject Electronic books.
ISBN 9781400842681
9780691149042
9781400842681
Standard Number 41916
9780691149042