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Author Gray, Jeremy, 1947-

Title Plato's ghost : the modernist transformation of mathematics / Jeremy Gray.

Published Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  510.9034 GRAY    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 515 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Modernism and Mathematics -- 2. Before Modernism -- 3. Mathematical Modernism Arrives -- 4. Modernism Avowed -- 5. Faces of Mathematics -- 6. Mathematics, Language, and Psychology -- 7. After the War -- Appendix. Four Theorems in Projective Geometry.
Summary "Plato's Ghost is the first book to examine the development of mathematics from 1880 to 1920 as a modernist transformation similar to those in art, literature, and music. Jeremy Gray traces the growth of mathematical modernism from its roots in problem solving and theory to its interactions with physics, philosophy, theology, psychology, and ideas about real and artificial languages. He shows how mathematics was popularized, and explains how mathematical modernism not only gave expression to the work of mathematicians and the professional image they sought to create for themselves, but how modernism also introduced deeper and ultimately unanswerable questions."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Mathematics -- History -- 19th century.
Mathematics -- Philosophy.
Aesthetics, Modern -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780691136103 (hbk.)
0691136106 (hbk.)