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Mathematics and War / Edition 1
     

Mathematics and War / Edition 1

by Bernhelm Booss-Bavnbek
 

ISBN-10: 3764316349

ISBN-13: 9783764316341

Pub. Date: 09/25/2003

Publisher: Birkhauser Basel

Mathematics has for centuries been stimulated, financed and credited by military purposes. Some mathematical thoughts and mathematical technology have also been vital in war. During World War II mathematical work by the Anti-Hitler coalition was part of an aspiration to serve humanity and not help destroy it. At present, it is not an easy task to view the bellicose

Overview

Mathematics has for centuries been stimulated, financed and credited by military purposes. Some mathematical thoughts and mathematical technology have also been vital in war. During World War II mathematical work by the Anti-Hitler coalition was part of an aspiration to serve humanity and not help destroy it. At present, it is not an easy task to view the bellicose potentials of mathematics in a proper perspective. The book presents historical evidence and recent changes in the interaction between mathematics and the military. It discusses the new mathematically enhanced development of military technology which seems to have changed the very character of modern warfare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783764316341
Publisher:
Birkhauser Basel
Publication date:
09/25/2003
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

I Perspectives from Mathematics.- Military Work in Mathematics 1914-1945: An Attempt at an International Perspective.- The Brains behind the Enigma Code Breaking before the Second World War.- On the Defence Work of A.N. Kolmogorov during World War II.- Improbable Warriors: Mathematicians Grace Hopper and Mina Rees in World War II.- New Mathematical Disciplines and Research in the Wake of World War II.- Mathematics and War in Japan.- Discovery of the Maximum Principle in Optimal Control.- Mickey Flies the Stealth.- II Perspectives from the Military.- War Cannot Be Calculated.- Warfare Can Be Calculated.- Duels of Systems and Forces.- On Facts and Fiction of “Information Warfare”.- More or Less Exposed Non-combatants and Civilian Objects under the Conditions of “Modern Warfare”.- III Ethical Issues.- Nids Bohr’s Political Crusade during World War II.- The Military Use of Alan Turing.- The Mathematician K. Ogura and the “Greater East Asia War”.- Working within the System.- Ethics and Military Research.- IV Enlightenment Perspectives.- Mathematical Thinking and International Law.- Calculated Security? Mathematical Modelling of Conflict and Cooperation.- List of Contributors.

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