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Patterns of Change

Linguistic Innovations in the Development of Classical Mathematics

Kvasz, Ladislav

2008, XVIII, 262 p.

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From the reviews:

“This is a book on the history and philosophy of mathematics interpreted as a sequence of linguistic innovations. … Kvasz has succeeded in producing a book which synthesizes over a quarter of century of his contributions to a linguistic approach to the history and philosophy of mathematics. The book should prove of interest not only to mathematicians. It suggests new directions for the analysis of changes … resulting from cultural encounters. … The book also has explicit references … to obstacles in mathematics education.” (U. D’Ambrosio, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2009 k)

“In this book the author expounds his ‘linguistic approach’ for reconstructing the development of mathematical disciplines from a philosophical and historical point of view. … Kvasz’ approach provides an interesting tool for philosophers and historians which should be further discussed and applied.” (Hans Fischer, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1153, 2009)

 

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