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Mathematics and War

Editors: Booß-Bavnbek, Bernhelm, Høyrup, Jens (Eds.)

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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.

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"The relationship between mathematics and war dates back to ancient times- recall the stories about Archimedes' war inventions, or the use of amthematics in the design of fortifications, sea navigation and ballistics.  However, the dieas involved did not go far beyond elementary geometry and calculus.  The book Mathematics and War focuses on the 20th century when the situation changed rapidly.  The cooperation between mathematicians and engineers led to the discoevery of modern aerodynamics, cryptography, atomic bomb or digital computers. Of course we are refering to mathematics as a broader discipline encompassing mathematically supported technology (e.g. computer science), too. The volume consists of articles that have been presented at the International Meeting on Mathematics and War held in Sweden, 2002.  Among the authors there are mathematicians, army officers as well as philosophers; each describes the relation of mathematics and war from a different perspective.  The topics discussed can be roughly divided into three categories:

1. The role of mathematicians in war research.

2. The moral responsibility of scientists engaged in war.

3. Mathematical models of war.

Most of the material presented in related to the events of both world wars; however, it includes examples from Napoleonic wars as well as from more recent history such as the Vietnam war or the war in Yugoslavia.  Readers might appreciate the article devoted to breaking the Enigma code which contains some notes on relations between Poland, France and Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation."

---MATHEMATICA BOHEMICA

 

 


Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Booss-Bavnbek, Bernhelm (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

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  • Military Work in Mathematics 1914–1945: an Attempt at an International Perspective

    Siegmund-Schultze, Reinhard

    Pages 23-82

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  • The Brains behind the Enigma Code Breaking before the Second World War

    Rakus-Andersson, Elisabeth

    Pages 83-102

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  • On the Defense Work of A. N. Kolmogorov during World War II

    Shiryaev, Albert N.

    Pages 103-107

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  • Improbable Warriors: Mathematicians Grace Hopper and Mina Rees in World War II

    Williams, Kathleen

    Pages 108-125

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematics and War
Editors
  • Bernhelm Booß-Bavnbek
  • Jens Høyrup
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-8093-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-8093-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7643-1634-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 420
Number of Illustrations
79 b/w illustrations
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