The Resource Pi in the sky : counting, thinking, and being, John D. Barrow
Pi in the sky : counting, thinking, and being, John D. Barrow
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 Summary
 Whether one studies the farthest reaches of outer space or the inner space of elementary particles of matter, our understanding of the physical world is built upon that strange symbolic language we call mathematics. But what exactly is mathematics? And why does it work? Is it just an elaborate computer game? Or merely a human invention inspired by our practical needs? Or is it something larger than life? An immaterial 'pi in the sky' reality all of its own? Part of the mind of God? And how do the answers to these questions affect our quest to arrive at an understanding of the Universe? John D. Barrow explores these tantalizing questions in this book, a lively and illuminating study of the origins, the meaning, and the mystery of mathematics. He takes us from primitive counting to computability, from the counting rituals of the ancients to logics that govern universes other than our own, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to logical friction, from number mysticism to Marxist mathematics. We learn of the origins of counting the world over, the propensities of the human mind for the numerical when in pursuit of the ineffable, and how the dethronement of Euclid's geometry ushered in a new world of philosophical relativism in which traditional truths were dissolved. We meet a host of peculiar individuals who have thought some of the deepest and strangest thoughts that human minds have ever thought. And in a extraordinary final chapter, the Platonic picture of mathematics is developed in a startling new way that challenges us to consider how the mathematics of the future may turn out to be radically different from that of the present, and how it impinges upon our efforts to create an artificial intelligence. Full of the offbeat and the unexpected and quoting everyone from LaoTse to Robert Pirsig, to Charles Darwin and Stephen Leacock, Kurt Godel and Umberto Eco, Pi in the Sky is a profound  and profoundly different  exploration of the world of mathematics: where it comes from, what it is, and where it's going to take us if we follow it to the limit in our search for the ultimate meaning of the Universe
 Language
 eng
 Extent
 ix, 317 p.
 Contents

 1. From mystery to history. A mystery within an enigma. Illusions of certainty. The secret society. Noneuclideanism. Logics
 To Be or Not To Be. The Rashomon effect. The analogy that never breaks down? Tinkling symbols. Thinking about thinking
 2. The Counter Culture. By the pricking of my thumbs. The bare bones of history. Creation or evolution. The ordinals versus the cardinals. Counting without counting. Fingers and toes. Baser methods. Counting with base 2. The neo2 system of counting. Counting in fives. What's so special about sixty? The spread of the decimal system. The dance of the seven veils. Ritual geometry. The placevalue system and the invention of zero. A final accounting
 3. With form but void. Numerology. The very opposite. Hilbert's scheme. Kurt Godel. More surprises. Thinking by numbers. Bourbachique mathematique. Arithmetic in chaos. Science friction. Mathematicians off form
 4. The mothers of inventionism. Mind from matter. Shadowlands. Trapdoor functions. Mathematical creation. Marxist mathematics. Complexity and simplicity. Maths as psychology. Preestablished mental harmony? Selfdiscovery
 5. Intuitionism: the immaculate construction. Mathematicians from outer space. Ramanujan. Intuitionism and threevalued logic. A very peculiar practice. A closer look at Brouwer. What is 'intuition'? The tragedy of Cantor and Kronecker. Cantor and infinity. The comedy of Hilbert and Brouwer. The FourColour Conjecture. Transhuman mathematics. Newage mathematics. Paradigms. Computability, compressibility, and utility
 6. Platonic heavens above and within. The growth of abstraction. Footsteps through Plato's footnotes. The platonic world of mathematics. Far away and long ago. The presence of the past. The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics. Difficulties with platonic relationships. Seance or science? Revel without a cause. A computer ontological argument. A speculative anthropic interpretation of mathematics. Maths and mysticism. Supernatural numbers?
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 9780198539568
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 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0636/92020217t.html
 http://www.zentralblattmath.org/zmath/en/search/?an=0826.00004
 http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780198539568.pdf
 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0636/92020217d.html
 http://www.gbv.de/dms/hbz/toc/ht004426127.PDF
 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0723/92020217b.html
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 Pi in the sky : counting, thinking, and being
 Title
 Pi in the sky
 Title remainder
 counting, thinking, and being
 Statement of responsibility
 John D. Barrow
 Language
 eng
 Summary
 Whether one studies the farthest reaches of outer space or the inner space of elementary particles of matter, our understanding of the physical world is built upon that strange symbolic language we call mathematics. But what exactly is mathematics? And why does it work? Is it just an elaborate computer game? Or merely a human invention inspired by our practical needs? Or is it something larger than life? An immaterial 'pi in the sky' reality all of its own? Part of the mind of God? And how do the answers to these questions affect our quest to arrive at an understanding of the Universe? John D. Barrow explores these tantalizing questions in this book, a lively and illuminating study of the origins, the meaning, and the mystery of mathematics. He takes us from primitive counting to computability, from the counting rituals of the ancients to logics that govern universes other than our own, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to logical friction, from number mysticism to Marxist mathematics. We learn of the origins of counting the world over, the propensities of the human mind for the numerical when in pursuit of the ineffable, and how the dethronement of Euclid's geometry ushered in a new world of philosophical relativism in which traditional truths were dissolved. We meet a host of peculiar individuals who have thought some of the deepest and strangest thoughts that human minds have ever thought. And in a extraordinary final chapter, the Platonic picture of mathematics is developed in a startling new way that challenges us to consider how the mathematics of the future may turn out to be radically different from that of the present, and how it impinges upon our efforts to create an artificial intelligence. Full of the offbeat and the unexpected and quoting everyone from LaoTse to Robert Pirsig, to Charles Darwin and Stephen Leacock, Kurt Godel and Umberto Eco, Pi in the Sky is a profound  and profoundly different  exploration of the world of mathematics: where it comes from, what it is, and where it's going to take us if we follow it to the limit in our search for the ultimate meaning of the Universe
 Cataloging source
 DLC
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
 1952
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Barrow, John D.
 Dewey number
 510
 Illustrations
 illustrations
 Index
 index present
 LC call number
 QA36
 LC item number
 .B37 1992
 Literary form
 non fiction
 Nature of contents
 bibliography
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 Mathematics
 Mathématiques
 Getaltheorie
 Wiskunde
 Mathematics
 Getaltheorie
 Wiskunde
 Geschichte
 Mathematik
 Philosophie
 Wissenschaftstheorie
 Philosophie et mathématiques
 Nombres
 Mathématiques
 Mathématiques
 Mathematik
 Philosophie
 Label
 Pi in the sky : counting, thinking, and being, John D. Barrow
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 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0636/92020217t.html
 http://www.zentralblattmath.org/zmath/en/search/?an=0826.00004
 http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780198539568.pdf
 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0636/92020217d.html
 http://www.gbv.de/dms/hbz/toc/ht004426127.PDF
 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0723/92020217b.html
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (p. [298]310) and index
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 Contents
 1. From mystery to history. A mystery within an enigma. Illusions of certainty. The secret society. Noneuclideanism. Logics  To Be or Not To Be. The Rashomon effect. The analogy that never breaks down? Tinkling symbols. Thinking about thinking  2. The Counter Culture. By the pricking of my thumbs. The bare bones of history. Creation or evolution. The ordinals versus the cardinals. Counting without counting. Fingers and toes. Baser methods. Counting with base 2. The neo2 system of counting. Counting in fives. What's so special about sixty? The spread of the decimal system. The dance of the seven veils. Ritual geometry. The placevalue system and the invention of zero. A final accounting  3. With form but void. Numerology. The very opposite. Hilbert's scheme. Kurt Godel. More surprises. Thinking by numbers. Bourbachique mathematique. Arithmetic in chaos. Science friction. Mathematicians off form  4. The mothers of inventionism. Mind from matter. Shadowlands. Trapdoor functions. Mathematical creation. Marxist mathematics. Complexity and simplicity. Maths as psychology. Preestablished mental harmony? Selfdiscovery  5. Intuitionism: the immaculate construction. Mathematicians from outer space. Ramanujan. Intuitionism and threevalued logic. A very peculiar practice. A closer look at Brouwer. What is 'intuition'? The tragedy of Cantor and Kronecker. Cantor and infinity. The comedy of Hilbert and Brouwer. The FourColour Conjecture. Transhuman mathematics. Newage mathematics. Paradigms. Computability, compressibility, and utility  6. Platonic heavens above and within. The growth of abstraction. Footsteps through Plato's footnotes. The platonic world of mathematics. Far away and long ago. The presence of the past. The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics. Difficulties with platonic relationships. Seance or science? Revel without a cause. A computer ontological argument. A speculative anthropic interpretation of mathematics. Maths and mysticism. Supernatural numbers?
 Control code
 ocm26097247
 Dimensions
 24 cm.
 Extent
 ix, 317 p.
 Isbn
 9780198539568
 Lccn
 92020217
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 unmediated
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 rdamedia
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 Other physical details
 ill
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 (Sirsi) o26097247
 (OCoLC)26097247
 Label
 Pi in the sky : counting, thinking, and being, John D. Barrow
 Link

 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0636/92020217t.html
 http://www.zentralblattmath.org/zmath/en/search/?an=0826.00004
 http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780198539568.pdf
 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0636/92020217d.html
 http://www.gbv.de/dms/hbz/toc/ht004426127.PDF
 http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0723/92020217b.html
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (p. [298]310) and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code

 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type code

 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 1. From mystery to history. A mystery within an enigma. Illusions of certainty. The secret society. Noneuclideanism. Logics  To Be or Not To Be. The Rashomon effect. The analogy that never breaks down? Tinkling symbols. Thinking about thinking  2. The Counter Culture. By the pricking of my thumbs. The bare bones of history. Creation or evolution. The ordinals versus the cardinals. Counting without counting. Fingers and toes. Baser methods. Counting with base 2. The neo2 system of counting. Counting in fives. What's so special about sixty? The spread of the decimal system. The dance of the seven veils. Ritual geometry. The placevalue system and the invention of zero. A final accounting  3. With form but void. Numerology. The very opposite. Hilbert's scheme. Kurt Godel. More surprises. Thinking by numbers. Bourbachique mathematique. Arithmetic in chaos. Science friction. Mathematicians off form  4. The mothers of inventionism. Mind from matter. Shadowlands. Trapdoor functions. Mathematical creation. Marxist mathematics. Complexity and simplicity. Maths as psychology. Preestablished mental harmony? Selfdiscovery  5. Intuitionism: the immaculate construction. Mathematicians from outer space. Ramanujan. Intuitionism and threevalued logic. A very peculiar practice. A closer look at Brouwer. What is 'intuition'? The tragedy of Cantor and Kronecker. Cantor and infinity. The comedy of Hilbert and Brouwer. The FourColour Conjecture. Transhuman mathematics. Newage mathematics. Paradigms. Computability, compressibility, and utility  6. Platonic heavens above and within. The growth of abstraction. Footsteps through Plato's footnotes. The platonic world of mathematics. Far away and long ago. The presence of the past. The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics. Difficulties with platonic relationships. Seance or science? Revel without a cause. A computer ontological argument. A speculative anthropic interpretation of mathematics. Maths and mysticism. Supernatural numbers?
 Control code
 ocm26097247
 Dimensions
 24 cm.
 Extent
 ix, 317 p.
 Isbn
 9780198539568
 Lccn
 92020217
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code

 n
 Other physical details
 ill
 System control number

 (Sirsi) o26097247
 (OCoLC)26097247
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