Strict Finitism and the Logic of Mathematical Applications by Feng YeStrict Finitism and the Logic of Mathematical Applications by Feng Ye

Strict Finitism and the Logic of Mathematical Applications

byFeng Ye

Paperback | July 15, 2013

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This book intends to show that radical naturalism (or physicalism), nominalism and strict finitism account for the applications of classical mathematics in current scientific theories. The applied mathematical theories developed in the book include the basics of calculus, metric space theory, complex analysis, Lebesgue integration, Hilbert spaces, and semi-Riemann geometry (sufficient for the applications in classical quantum mechanics and general relativity). The fact that so much applied mathematics can be developed within such a weak, strictly finitistic system, is surprising in itself. It also shows that the applications of those classical theories to the finite physical world can be translated into the applications of strict finitism, which demonstrates the applicability of those classical theories without assuming the literal truth of those theories or the reality of infinity.

Both professional researchers and students of philosophy of mathematics will benefit greatly from reading this book.

Feng Ye is a professor of philosophy at Peking University, China. He has a B.S. degree in mathematics from Xiamen University, China, and a Ph.D. degree in philosophy from Princeton University, U.S.A.. His research areas include constructive and finitistic mathematics, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of mind and language. He u...
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Title:Strict Finitism and the Logic of Mathematical ApplicationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pagesPublished:July 15, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9400736312

ISBN - 13:9789400736313

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.- 2. Strict Finitism.- 3. Calculus.- 4. Metric Space.- 5. Complex Analysis.- 6. Integration.- 7. Hilbert Space.- 8. Semi-Riemann Geometry.- References.- Index.