Mathematics & Common Sense

Mathematics & Common Sense

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From the Preface: qThis book is addressed to all who are curious about the nature of mathematics and its role in society. It is neither a text book nor a specialists' book. It consists of a number of loosely linked essays that may be read independently and for which I have tried to provide a leitmotif by throwing light on the relationship between mathematics and common sense. In these essays I hope to foster a critical attitude towards both the existence of common sense in mathematics and the ambiguous role that it can play.qChristina must have been stimulated by my answers to her questions, because, a few months later, she sent me a second set of questions. I suspect that in the meantime she must have done a bit of independent reading, because to answer her questions ... The suggested problem should be neither too hard nor too easy.

Title:Mathematics & Common Sense
Author:Philip J. Davis
Publisher:CRC Press - 2006-11-30


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