Main Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Mathematics)

Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Mathematics)

Throughout history, application rather than abstraction has been the prominent driving force in mathematics. From the compass and sextant to partial differential equations, mathematical advances were spurred by the desire for better navigation tools, weaponry, and construction methods. But the religious upheaval in Victorian England and the fledgling United States opened the way for the rediscovery of pure mathematics, a tradition rooted in Ancient Greece.In Equations from God, Daniel J. Cohen captures the origins of the rebirth of abstract mathematics in the intellectual quest to rise above common existence and touch the mind of the deity. Using an array of published and private sources, Cohen shows how philosophers and mathematicians seized upon the beautiful simplicity inherent in mathematical laws to reconnect with the divine and traces the route by which the divinely inspired mathematics of the Victorian era begot later secular philosophies. (2007)
Year:
2007
Publisher:
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Language:
english
Pages:
255
ISBN 10:
0801885531
ISBN 13:
9780801885532
File:
PDF, 1.77 MB
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