Mathematics and the Search for Knowledge / Edition 1

Mathematics and the Search for Knowledge / Edition 1

by Morris Kline
ISBN-10:
0195042301
ISBN-13:
9780195042306
Pub. Date:
11/28/1986
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Mathematics and the Search for Knowledge / Edition 1

In this book Kline examines the development of mathematics as our most powerful instrument for exploring the physical world. He probes our existing world of mathematics and illuminates its workings as a science enabling us to penetrate the secrets of the world's natural phenomena.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195042306
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 11/28/1986
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Historical Overview: Is There an External World?3
I.The Failings of the Senses and Intuition21
II.The Rise and Role of Mathematics38
III.The Astronomical Worlds of the Greeks51
IV.The Heliocentric Theory of Copernicus and Kepler68
V.Mathematics Dominates Physical Science86
VI.Mathematics and the Mystery of Gravitation107
VII.Mathematics and the Imperceptible Electromagnetic World126
VIII.A Prelude to the Theory of Relativity148
IX.The Relativistic World163
X.The Dissolution of Matter: Quantum Theory181
XI.The Reality of Mathematical Physics197
XII.Why Does Mathematics Work?210
XIII.Mathematics and Nature's Behavior228
Bibliography246
Index255

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