Mathematics and War

  • Bernhelm Booß-Bavnbek
  • Jens Høyrup

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Bernhelm Booss-Bavnbek, Jens Høyrup
      Pages 1-19
  3. Perspectives from Mathematics

  4. Perspectives from the Military

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Svend Bergstein
      Pages 183-215
    3. Svend Clausen
      Pages 216-238
    4. Helge Löfstedt
      Pages 239-256
    5. Ute Bernhardt, Ingo Ruhmann
      Pages 257-281
  5. Ethical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Andrew Hodges
      Pages 312-325
    3. Wolf Göhring
      Pages 336-351
    4. Jesper Ryberg
      Pages 352-364
  6. Enlightenment Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Ib Martin Jarvad
      Pages 367-389
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 413-416

About this book


Mathematics has for centuries been stimulated, financed and credited by military purposes. Some mathematical thoughts and mathematical technology have also been vital in war. During World War II mathematical work by the Anti-Hitler coalition was part of an aspiration to serve humanity and not help destroy it. At present, it is not an easy task to view the bellicose potentials of mathematics in a proper perspective.

The book presents historical evidence and recent changes in the interaction between mathematics and the military. It discusses the new mathematically enhanced development of military technology which seems to have changed the very character of modern warfare.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bernhelm Booß-Bavnbek
    • 1
  • Jens Høyrup
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Studies in Mathematics and Physics and their Functions in Education, Research and Applications - IMUFARoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and of Philosophy and Science StudiesRoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark

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