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' ... a collection of articles written by renowned mathematicians of the 20th century. An important criterion ... is that the articles should be accessible to the literate reader who may or may not have a technical knowledge of mathematics.' L'enseignement mathematique
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ISBN-10:  0883855496
ISBN-13:  978-0883855492
Author:  Raymond Ayoub
Publisher:  Mathematical Assn of Amer
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review by . May 30, 2010
This is not a book about mathematics; the content is about the philosophy of mathematics, which is as old as abstract mathematics. When humans were limited to using mathematics to measure land and count sheep, there was no need to ask questions about where the knowledge of mathematics resided, in fact the measurers and counters would have no doubt considered the questions silly. That changed after the amazing flowering of abstract mathematics that took place in ancient Greece. Once that occurred, …
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