SP.2H3 / ESG.SP2H3 Ancient Philosophy and Mathematics, Fall 2006
Author(s)Perlman, Lee David
Ancient Philosophy and Mathematics
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Western philosophy and theoretical mathematics were born together, and the cross-fertilization of ideas in the two disciplines was continuously acknowledged throughout antiquity. In this course, we read works of ancient Greek philosophy and mathematics, and investigate the way in which ideas of definition, reason, argument and proof, rationality and irrationality, number, quality and quantity, truth, and even the idea of an idea were shaped by the interplay of philosophic and mathematical inquiry.
mathematics, geometry, history, philosophy, Greek philosophy, Plato, Euclid, Aristotle, Rene Descartes, Nicomachus, Francis Bacon