Monthly Archives: January 2013

Applications or Engagement?

Over the years I’ve lost confidence in the idea that applications of mathematics make the subject any more interesting or easier to grasp. It is perhaps not a clever thing to say in public because of the obvious objections. But … Continue reading

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The Distributive Law

We have started a book study group at my institute, the idea being to work our way through Finnur Lárusson’s “Lectures on Real Analysis”.  This is a really nice (and thin) Real Analysis book rigorously covering the same stuff as … Continue reading

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From the World of Mathematics II

When I came home with the World of Mathematics, volume 3 had a bookmark (an old yellowed postal giro form) at the article Mathematics and the Metaphysicians by Bertrand Russel. The text is from 1901 I think, and it shows. … Continue reading

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From the World of Mathematics I

Long time ago I read all six volumes of the Swedish edition (called Sigma) of The World of Mathematics. Last spring, when I dug out volume 6 from the bookshelf it fell open on Oswald Spengler’s Meaning of Numbers. A … Continue reading

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