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The Origin of the Logic of Symbolic Mathematics: Edmund Husserl and Jacob Klein Hardcover – Sep 7 2011
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"The Origin of the Logic of Symbolic Mathematics initiates a radical clarification of François Vieta’s 17th century mathematical introduction of the formalsymbolic, which marks the revolution that made and continues to make possible modern mathematics and logic. Through a philosophically subtle, clarifying, and exacting elaboration of Jacob Klein’s Greek Mathematical Thought and the Origin of Algebra, Hopkins reveals flaws (and strengths) in Edmund Husserl’s thinking about numbers, the formalsymbolic, and the phenomenological foundation of the mathesis universalis." ―Robert Tragesser, Author of Phenomenology and Logic and Husserl and Realism in Logic and Mathematics
"Hopkins’ detailed and careful readings of the texts make his book a source of numerous insights, and its erudition is breathtaking." ―Husserl Studies
"This much needed book should go a long way both toward correcting the underappreciation of Jacob Klein's brilliant work on the nature and historical origin of modern symbolic mathematics, and toward eliciting due attentio to the significance of that work for our interpretation of the modern scientific view of the world." ―Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"This book serves not only as the first major contribution to scholarship on the thought of Jacob Klein, but also as a significant contribution to that of Husserl as well." ―The Review of Metaphysics
"A striking, original study... for the history of mathematics, our understanding of Husserlian phenomenology, and the concepts of formality and formalization." ―Robert B. Pippin, University of Chicago
"The Origin of the Logic of Symbolic Mathematics is a very important work. From an exegetical point of view it presents careful readings of an amazing amount of texts by Plato, Aristotle, Diophantus, Vieta, Stevin, Wallis, and Descartes and shows at the same time a profound knowledge of Husserl’s earlier and later texts...." ―History and Philosophy of Logic
"[The Origin of the Logic of Symbolic Mathematics] contains a very precise thesis and claim, which can only be tackled by applying the technical terms and methods from the tradition in which it originated." ―Philosophia Mathematica
"Hopkins brings all of the myriad concepts of Klein’s analysis of the origins of logic and symbolic mathematics into play as he elucidates the significance of the roles algebra, logic, and symbolic analysis generally have played in the development of modern mathematics" ―Mathematical Reviews
About the Author
Burt C. Hopkins is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University. He is author of Intentionality in Husserl and Heidegger and The Philosophy of Husserl. He is founding editor (with Steven G. Crowell) of The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy and is permanent secretary of the Husserl Circle.
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