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Mathematics, Culture, and the Arts

Great Circles

The Transits of Mathematics and Poetry

Authors: Grosholz, Emily Rolfe

  • Studies the intersections of mathematics and poetry over centuries
  • Contains beautiful poems and photographs
  • Explores the history of geometry, the infinitesimal calculus, and set theory
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About this book

This volume explores the interaction of poetry and mathematics by looking at analogies that link them. The form that distinguishes poetry from prose has mathematical structure (lifting language above the flow of time), as do the thoughtful ways in which poets bring the infinite into relation with the finite. The history of mathematics exhibits a dramatic narrative inspired by a kind of troping, as metaphor opens, metonymy and synecdoche elaborate, and irony closes off or shifts the growth of mathematical knowledge.

The first part of the book is autobiographical, following the author through her discovery of these analogies, revealed by music, architecture, science fiction, philosophy, and the study of mathematics and poetry. The second part focuses on geometry, the circle and square, launching us from Shakespeare to Housman, from Euclid to Leibniz. The third part explores the study of dynamics, inertial motion and transcendental functions, from Descartes to Newton, and in 20th c. poetry. The final part contemplates infinity, as it emerges in modern set theory and topology, and in contemporary poems, including narrative poems about modern cosmology.


About the authors

Emily Grosholz is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University. She earned her PhD from Yale University and her BA from the University of Chicago. Her most recent philosophy book, Starry Reckoning: Reference and Analysis in Mathematics and Cosmology, was awarded the 2017 Fernando Gil International Prize for Philosophy of Science. She has published eight books of poetry and ten authored or edited books of philosophy, and has written many literary reviews and essays.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • The House of Childhood

    Grosholz, Emily Rolfe

    Pages 3-18

  • Music and Hyperspace

    Grosholz, Emily Rolfe

    Pages 19-36

  • Great Books

    Grosholz, Emily Rolfe

    Pages 37-59

  • Home, Cambridge, Paris: A Family

    Grosholz, Emily Rolfe

    Pages 61-82

  • What’s in a Circle? Spinoza, Leibniz, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Keats

    Grosholz, Emily Rolfe

    Pages 85-96

Buy this book

eBook £21.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98231-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £27.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98230-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Great Circles
Book Subtitle
The Transits of Mathematics and Poetry
Authors
Series Title
Mathematics, Culture, and the Arts
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98231-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98231-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98230-4
Series ISSN
2520-8578
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 274
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
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