Mystic, Geometer and Intuitionist by Dirk van Dalen
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Mystic, Geometer and Intuitionist
By Dirk van Dalen

Mystic, Geometer and Intuitionist

The Life of L.E.J. Brouwer Dawning Revolution v.1

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Mystic, Geometer and Intuitionist by Dirk van Dalen

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Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer is a remarkable figure, both in the development of mathematics and in wider Dutch history. A mathematical genius with strong mystical and philosophical leanings, he advocated the intuitionist view of mathematics and science as a constructive mental activity. This drew him into a discussion with David Hilbert, the leading advocate of the formalist school, about the nature of mathematics, a debate which made Brouwer a legend during his lifetime. He also contributed significantly to research in topology, and was a member of the socio- linguistic Signific Circle. As well as his diverse mathematical interests, he had a great impact in wider Dutch society. His keen sense of justice made him a party in many conflicts, both scientific and political. He would often be involved in controversial issues, such as the campaign to undo the boycott of German scientists, and this made him a figure both of admiration and embarrassment in his native Holland. Although his abilities won him offers from prestigious universities such as Berlin and Gottingen, he preferred to stay in Amsterdam, so that he could pursue a life of quiet unconventionality in the artist community at Laren. This book provides a sophisticated analysis of this crucial era of mathematical research, but also gives an important insight into the wider life of one of the most fascinating characters involved.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198502975
ISBN-10: 0198502974
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 33mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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