Mathematicians and their Gods: Interactions between mathematics and religious beliefs

Hardcover | June 24, 2015

bySnezana Lawrence, Mark Mccartney

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To open a newspaper or turn on the television it would appear that science and religion are polar opposites - mutually exclusive bedfellows competing for hearts and minds. There is little indication of the rich interaction between religion and science throughout history, much of whichcontinues today. From ancient to modern times, mathematicians have played a key role in this interaction. This is a book on the relationship between mathematics and religious beliefs. It aims to show that, throughout scientific history, mathematics has been used to make sense of the 'big' questions of life, and that religious beliefs sometimes drove mathematicians to mathematics to help them make senseof the world. Containing contributions from a wide array of scholars in the fields of philosophy, history of science and history of mathematics, this book shows that the intersection between mathematics and theism is rich in both culture and character. Chapters cover a fascinating range of topics including theSect of the Pythagoreans, Newton's views on the apocalypse, Charles Dodgson's Anglican faith and Godel's proof of the existence of God.

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To open a newspaper or turn on the television it would appear that science and religion are polar opposites - mutually exclusive bedfellows competing for hearts and minds. There is little indication of the rich interaction between religion and science throughout history, much of whichcontinues today. From ancient to modern times, mathe...

Snezana Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Bath Spa University. She has been involved with a number of national and international initiatives to promote the use of the history of mathematics in mathematics education. Snezana is on the Advisory Board of the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics Group (an affiliate o...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:June 24, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198703058

ISBN - 13:9780198703051

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Table of Contents

1. Mark McCartney: Introduction2. Andrew Gregory: The Pythagoreans: Number and Numerology3. Allan Chapman: Divine light4. Owen Gingerich: Kepler and his Trinitarian Cosmology5. Robin Wilson and John Fauvel: The Lull before the storm: combinatorics in the Renaissance6. Jean-Pierre Brach: Mystical Arithmetic in the Renaissance: From Biblical Hermeneutics to a Philosophical Tool7. Rob Iliffe: Newton, God, and the mathematics of the Two Books8. Massimo Mazzotti: Maria Gaetana Agnesi, mathematician of God9. Snezana Lawrence: Capital G for Geometry: Masonic lore and the history of geometry10. Mark Richards: Charles Dodgeson's Work for God11. Elizabeth Lewis: P. G. Tait, Balfour Stewart and The Unseen Universe12. Melanie Bayley: Faith and Flatland13. C Anthony Anderson: Godel's "proof" for the existence of God