Mathematics as a Science of Patterns

Paperback | August 1, 1999

byMichael D. Resnik

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Mathematics as a Science of Patterns is the definitive exposition of a system of ideas about the nature of mathematics which Michael Resnik has been elaborating for a number of years. In calling mathematics a science he implies that it has a factual subject-matter and that mathematicalknowledge is on a par with other scientific knowledge; in calling it a science of patterns he expresses his commitment to a structuralist philosophy of mathematics. He links this to a defence of realism about the metaphysics of mathematics--the view that mathematics is about things that reallyexist. Resnik's distinctive philosophy of mathematics is here presented in an accessible and systematic form: it will be of value not only to specialists in this area, but to philosophers, mathematicians, and logicians interested in the relationship between these three disciplines, or in truth, realism,and epistemology.

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Mathematics as a Science of Patterns is the definitive exposition of a system of ideas about the nature of mathematics which Michael Resnik has been elaborating for a number of years. In calling mathematics a science he implies that it has a factual subject-matter and that mathematicalknowledge is on a par with other scientific knowle...

Michael D. Resnik is University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:August 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198250142

ISBN - 13:9780198250142

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`perfect for classroom use: it is extremely clear, and Resnik ensures that even the novice is with him at every stage ... It articulates an ambitious and forceful position, only parts of which most of us have seen before. I recommend it without reservation to everyone interested in thesetopics.'Jody Azzouni, Jrnl of Symbolic Logic, June 99