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Technology and Mathematics

Philosophical and Historical Investigations

  • Examines the interrelations between technology and mathematics

  • Combines philosophical and historical approaches to the technology–mathematics relationship

  • The contributors include leading experts in the philosophy and history of both technology and mathematics

Part of the book series: Philosophy of Engineering and Technology (POET, volume 30)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introductory

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Sven Ove Hansson
      Pages 3-10
  3. The Historical Connection

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. Computation in Medieval Western Europe

      • Sara L. Uckelman
      Pages 33-46
    3. Leibniz and the Calculus Ratiocinator

      • Wolfgang Lenzen
      Pages 47-78
    4. Mathematics and Mechanical Computation

      • Doron Swade
      Pages 79-106
    5. The Mathematical Origins of Modern Computing

      • Mark Priestley
      Pages 107-135
    6. Cryptology, Mathematics, and Technology

      • Sandy Zabell
      Pages 137-161
  4. Technology in Mathematics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 163-163
    2. The Epistemology of Computer-Mediated Proofs

      • Selmer Bringsjord, Naveen Sundar Govindarajulu
      Pages 165-183
    3. Mathematical and Technological Computability

      • Sven Ove Hansson
      Pages 185-234
  5. Mathematics in Technology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 283-283

About this book

This volume is the first extensive study of the historical and philosophical connections between technology and mathematics. Coverage includes the use of mathematics in ancient as well as modern technology, devices and machines for computation, cryptology, mathematics in technological education, the epistemology of computer-mediated proofs, and the relationship between technological and mathematical computability. The book also examines the work of such historical figures as Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and Alan Turing.

Keywords

  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Philosophy of Computing
  • History of Mathematics
  • History of Technology
  • History of Computing
  • Mathematics and Mechanical Computation
  • computation in the medieval and modern era
  • impact of WWII cryptology on post-war mathematics
  • mathematical origins of modern computing
  • Technological uses of mathematics
  • Mathematical models of technological and social complexity
  • Epistemology of Computer-Mediated Proofs
  • physical Church-Turing thesis
  • Quantum Reflections on Computational Complexity
  • Practical limits to the effectiveness of mathematics

Editors and Affiliations

  • Division of Philosophy, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

    Sven Ove Hansson

About the editor

Sven Ove Hansson is professor in the philosophy of technology and head of the Division of Philosophy, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He is former president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and editor-in-chief of Theoria and the two book series Outstanding Contributions to Logic and Philosophy, Technology, and Society.  He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. His research areas include philosophy of science and technology, logic, value theory, decision theory, ethics, and political philosophy.

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eBook USD 129.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-93779-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)