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The Waltz of Reason: The Entanglement of Mathematics and Philosophy

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The Waltz of Reason: The Entanglement of Mathematics and Philosophy

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"A mind-bending jaunt ... that makes clear in fascinating detail how math is more than a sum of its parts" (Publishers Weekly)

“Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here,” Plato warned would-be philosophers. Mathematician Karl Sigmund agrees.

In The Waltz of Reason, he shows how mathematics and philosophy together have shaped our understanding of space, chance, logic, cooperation, voting, and the social contract. Sigmund shows how game theory is integral to moral philosophy, how statistics shaped the meaning of reason, and how the search for a logical basis for math leads to deep questions about the nature of truth itself. But this is no dry tome: Sigmund’s wit and humor shine as brightly as his erudition.

The Waltz of Reason is an engrossing history of ideas as vibrant as a ballroom full of dancers, one that empowers as it entertains, following the complex and occasionally dizzying steps of the thinkers who have molded our thought and founded our world.

Karl Sigmund is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Vienna. One of the pioneers of evolutionary game theory, he has authored several other books on mathematics and philosophy, including Games of Life and Exact Thinking in Demented Times. He lives in Vienna, Austria. 

ISBN: 9781541602694

ISBN-10: 9781541602694

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 12/19/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 12/19/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 448

Language: English

Categories

Mathematics / History & Philosophy

Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy

Philosophy / Epistemology

Social Science / Essays