Technology and Mathematics

Technology and Mathematics : Philosophical and Historical Investigations

Edited by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 10-13 business days.


Not ordering to the United States? Click here.

Description

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.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 373 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 22.35mm | 746g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2018
  • 54 Illustrations, black and white; XII, 373 p. 54 illus.
  • 3319937782
  • 9783319937786

Back cover copy

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.
show more

Table of contents

Part I. Introductory.- 1. Preview (Sven Ove Hansson).- 2. Introduction (Sven Ove Hansson).- Part II. The historical connection.- 3. The mathematics of craftspeople (TBD).- 4. Mathematics and Mechanical Computation (Doron Swade).- 5. The concept of computation in the medieval and modern era (Sara Uckelman).- 6. Leibniz and the calculus ratiocinator (Wolfgang Lenzen).- 7. The impact of WWII cryptology on post-war mathematics (Sandy L. Zabell).- 8. The mathematical origins of modern computing (Mark Priestley).- Part III. Technological uses of mathematics.- 9. Mathematical optimization in technology (Serkan Kiranyaz).- 10. Mathematics at technological universities (Sven Ove Hansson).- 11. Mathematical models of technological and social complexity (Ronald R. Kline).- Part IV. Technological and mathematical computability.- 12. The Epistemology of Computer-Mediated Proofs (Selmer Bringsjord).- 13. The physical Church-Turing thesis (Sven Ove Hansson).- 14. Quantum information (Laura Felline).- 15. Quantum Reflections on Computational Complexity (Michael Cuffaro).- Part V. Philosophical reflections on the connection.- 16. What the applicability of mathematics tells us about its philosophy (Phillip L. Wilson).- 17. The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in technology (Tor Sandqvist).- 18. Practical limits to the effectiveness of mathematics (Johannes Lenhard).
show more

About Sven Ove Hansson

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.
show more