Call # 
QA8.4 .T83 2009 
Phys. Description 
x, 305 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. 
Bibliog. 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]290) and index. 
Contents 
Mysticism, number, and geometry : an introduction to Pythagoreanism  The Elgin Marbles and Plato's geometric chemistry  An introduction to infinity  The flat Earth and the spherical sky  Theology, logic, and questions about angels  Time, infinity, and incommensurability  Medieval theories of vision and the discovery of space  The shape of space and the fourth dimension  What is a number?  The dual nature of points and lines  Modern mathematical infinity  Elegance and truth. 
Summary 
Mathematics often seems incomprehensible, a melee of strange symbols thrown down on a page. But while formulae, theorems, and proofs can involve highly complex concepts, the math becomes transparent when viewed as part of a bigger picture. What Is a Number? provides that picture. Robert Tubbs examines how mathematical concepts like number, geometric truth, infinity, and proof have been employed by artists, theologians, philosophers, writers, and cosmologists from ancient times to the modern era. Looking at a broad range of topics  from Pythagoras's exploration of the connection between harmonious sounds and mathematical ratios to the understanding of time in both Western and preColumbian thought  Tubbs ties together seemingly disparate ideas to demonstrate the relationship between the sometimes elusive thought of artists and philosophers and the concrete logic of mathematicians. He complements his textual arguments with diagrams and illustrations. This historic and thematic study refutes the received wisdom that mathematical concepts are esoteric and divorced from other intellectual pursuits  revealing them instead as dynamic and intrinsic to almost every human endeavor. 
Subject 
Mathematics  Philosophy.


Logic, Symbolic and mathematical.


Mathematics  History.

ISBN 
9780801890178 (hardcover : acidfree paper) 

9780801890185 (pbk. : acidfree paper) 

0801890179 (hardcover : acidfree paper) 

0801890187 (pbk. : acidfree paper) 
