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Humanizing Mathematics and its Philosophy

Essays Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Reuben Hersh

Editors: Sriraman, Bharath (Ed.)

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  • Essays written by eminent 20th century mathematicians and philosophers
  • Explores the relationship between the philosophy of math and math as practiced
  • Portrays the humanistic side of mathematics
  • Looks ahead to what mathematics might look like in the future
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This Festschrift contains numerous colorful and eclectic essays from well-known mathematicians, philosophers, logicians, and linguists celebrating the 90th birthday of Reuben Hersh. The essays offer, in part, attempts to answer the following questions set forth by Reuben himself as a focus for this volume:

  • Can practicing mathematicians, as such, contribute anything to the philosophy of math? Can or should philosophers of math, as such, say anything to practicing mathematicians?

  • Twenty or fifty years from now, what will be similar, and what will, or could, or should be altogether different: About the philosophy of math? About math education? About math research institutions? About data processing and scientific computing?

The essays also offer glimpses into Reuben’s fertile mind and his lasting influence on the mathematical community, as well as revealing the diverse roots, obstacles and philosophical dispositions that characterize the working lives of mathematicians. 
With contributions from a veritable “who’s who” list of 20th century luminaries from mathematics and philosophy, as well as from Reuben himself, this volume will appeal to a wide variety of readers from curious undergraduates to prominent mathematicians.  

About the authors

Bharath Sriraman is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Montana 

Reviews

“This book presents a rich variety of essays. I would encourage readers to dip into the book, picking and choosing the essays that fit their interests. They will be rewarded.” (Joel Haack, MAA Reviews, August 04, 2019)

“This Festschrift … is a wonderful collection of nearly thirty essays exploring the ideas that Reuben made his life’s work. The book begins by introducing us to Reuben, first in a lively interview with him and then by sharing with us a dozen family photos. By the time we begin reading the serious essays, we already feel as if he is a good friend. Many of the contributors have known and worked with Reuben for many years, and the warmth of their friendships is quite apparent.” (John J. Watkins, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2019)

Bharath Sriraman has collected in this book 27 texts, comprising five chapters from Hersh himself (including one interview with the author), and 22 texts from authors whose work has been influenced by Hersh. These are mathematicians, philosophers, logicians, and linguistics, and altogether they offer the reader a cornucopia of lives, visions, positions, and contradictions about the nature of mathematics and its role in science and society.” (Alexandre Pais, Educational Studies in Mathematics, Vol. 99, 2019)

Bharath  Sriraman has collected twenty-five essays from mathematicians and  philosophers, an educator, and a linguist for a Festschrift volume to  celebrate Hersh’s ninetieth birthday. As one might expect, this is an  extremely varied collection of articles. Several contain heartfelt  appreciation of Hersh. Some attempt to develop and elucidate his  Humanist philosophy. Others just mention him in passing or not at all. A  few contain some nontrivial mathematics. … Anyone interested in the  philosophy of mathematics will profit from reading and engaging with  it.” (Joseph Auslander, Notices of the AMS, Vol. 65, No. 11, 2018).


Table of contents (27 chapters)

Table of contents (27 chapters)
  • An Interview with Reuben Hersh

    Pages 1-10

    Sriraman, Bharath

  • Nine Decades

    Pages 11-18

    Sriraman, Bharath

  • Pluralism as Modeling and as Confusion

    Pages 19-29

    Hersh, Reuben

  • “Now” Has an Infinitesimal Positive Duration

    Pages 31-37

    Hersh, Reuben

  • Review of How Humans Learn to Think Mathematically: Exploring the Three Worlds of Mathematics

    Pages 39-44

    Hersh, Reuben

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Hardcover $69.99
$139.99 (listprice)
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Humanizing Mathematics and its Philosophy
Book Subtitle
Essays Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Reuben Hersh
Editors
  • Bharath Sriraman
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61231-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61231-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61230-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87029-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 363
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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