Taking God Out of Mathematics and Putting the Body Back in

An Essay in Corporeal Semiotics

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Author: Brian Rotman

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804721271

Category: Philosophy

Page: 203

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This ambitious work puts forward a new account of mathematics-as-language that challenges the coherence of the accepted idea of infinity and suggests a startlingly new conception of counting. The author questions the familiar, classical, interpretation of whole numbers held by mathematicians and scientists, and replaces it with an original and radical alternative--what the author calls non-Euclidean arithmetic. The author's entry point is an attack on the notion of the mathematical infinite in both its potential and actual forms, an attack organized around his claim that any interpretation of "endless" or "unlimited" iteration is ineradicably theological. Going further than critique of the overt metaphysics enshrined in the prevailing Platonist description of mathematics, he uncovers a covert theism, an appeal to a disembodied ghost, deep inside the mathematical community's understanding of counting.

Athenäum

Jahrbuch für Romantik

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783506709592

Category: German literature

Page: 325

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Becoming Beside Ourselves

The Alphabet, Ghosts, and Distributed Human Being

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Author: Brian Rotman

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822389118

Category: Computers

Page: 216

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Becoming Beside Ourselves continues the investigation that the renowned cultural theorist and mathematician Brian Rotman began in his previous books Signifying Nothing and Ad Infinitum...The Ghost in Turing’s Machine: exploring certain signs and the conceptual innovations and subjectivities that they facilitate or foreclose. In Becoming Beside Ourselves, Rotman turns his attention to alphabetic writing or the inscription of spoken language. Contending that all media configure what they mediate, he maintains that alphabetic writing has long served as the West’s dominant cognitive technology. Its logic and limitations have shaped thought and affect from its inception until the present. Now its grip on Western consciousness is giving way to virtual technologies and networked media, which are reconfiguring human subjectivity just as alphabetic texts have done for millennia. Alphabetic texts do not convey the bodily gestures of human speech: the hesitations, silences, and changes of pitch that infuse spoken language with affect. Rotman suggests that by removing the body from communication, alphabetic texts enable belief in singular, disembodied, authoritative forms of being such as God and the psyche. He argues that while disembodied agencies are credible and real to “lettered selves,” they are increasingly incompatible with selves and subjectivities formed in relation to new virtual technologies and networked media. Digital motion-capture technologies are restoring gesture and even touch to a prominent role in communication. Parallel computing is challenging the linear thought patterns and ideas of singularity facilitated by alphabetic language. Barriers between self and other are breaking down as the networked self is traversed by other selves to become multiple and distributed, formed through many actions and perceptions at once. The digital self is going plural, becoming beside itself.

Culturally Responsive Mathematics Education

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Author: Brian Greer,Swapna Mukhopadhyay,Arthur B. Powell,Sharon Nelson-Barber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135593345

Category: Education

Page: 400

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At a time of rapid demographic change and amidst the many educational challenges facing the US, this critical new collection presents mathematics education from a culturally responsive perspective. It tackles the most crucial issues of teaching mathematics to an ethnically diverse school population, including the political dimension of mathematics education within the context of governmental efforts to improve achievement in school mathematics. Culturally Responsive Mathematics Education moves beyond a point of view that is internal to mathematics education as a discipline, and instead offers a broad perspective of mathematics as a significant, liberating intellectual force in our society. The editors of this volume bring together contributions from many of the leading teachers, teacher educators, researchers, scholars, and activists who have been working to reorient mathematics education in ways that reflect mathematics education as accomplished, first and foremost, through human interactions.

Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited

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Author: Catelijne Coopmans,Janet Vertesi,Michael E. Lynch

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262525380

Category: Science

Page: 366

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Representation in Scientific Practice, published by the MIT Press in 1990, helped coalesce a long-standing interest in scientific visualization among historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science and remains a touchstone for current investigations in science and technology studies. This volume revisits the topic, taking into account both the changing conceptual landscape of STS and the emergence of new imaging technologies in scientific practice. It offers cutting-edge research on a broad array of fields that study information as well as short reflections on the evolution of the field by leading scholars, including some of the contributors to the 1990 volume. The essays consider the ways in which viewing experiences are crafted in the digital era; the embodied nature of work with digital technologies; the constitutive role of materials and technologies -- from chalkboards to brain scans -- in the production of new scientific knowledge; the metaphors and images mobilized by communities of practice; and the status and significance of scientific imagery in professional and popular culture. ContributorsMorana Alac, Michael Barany, Anne Beaulieu, Annamaria Carusi, Catelijne Coopmans, Lorraine Daston, Sarah de Rijcke, Joseph Dumit, Emma Frow, Yann Giraud, Aud Sissel Hoel, Martin Kemp, Bruno Latour, John Law, Michael Lynch, Donald MacKenzie, Cyrus Mody, Natasha Myers, Rachel Prentice, Arie Rip, Martin Ruivenkamp, Lucy Suchman, Janet Vertesi, Steve Woolgar

Mathematics as Sign

Writing, Imagining, Counting

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Author: Brian Rotman

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804736848

Category: Mathematics

Page: 170

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In this book, Rotman argues that mathematics is a vast and unique man-made imagination machine controlled by writing. It addresses both aspects—mental and linguistic—of this machine. The essays in this volume offer an insight into Rotman's project, one that has been called "one of the most original and important recent contributions to the philosophy of mathematics."

Using the Encyclopédie

ways of knowing, ways of reading

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Author: Voltaire Foundation

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 289

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Diaspora

A Journal of Transnational Studies

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Emigration and immigration

Page: N.A

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Weaving self-evidence

a sociology of logic

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Author: Claude Rosental

Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Mathematics

Page: 294

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The development of theorems in logic is generally thought to be a solitary and purely cerebral activity, and therefore unobservable by sociologists. In Weaving Self-Evidence, French sociologist Claude Rosental challenges this notion by tracing the history of one well-known recent example in the field of artificial intelligence--a theorem on the foundations of fuzzy logic. Rosental's analyses disclose the inherently social nature of the process by which propositions in logic are produced, disseminated, and established as truths. Rosental describes the different phases of the emergence of the theorem on fuzzy logic, from its earliest drafts through its publication and diffusion, discussion and reformulation, and eventual acceptance by the scientific community. Through observations made at major universities and scholarly conferences, and in electronic forums, he looks at the ways students are trained in symbolic manipulations and formal languages and examines how researchers work, interact, and debate emerging new ideas. By carefully analyzing the concrete mechanisms that lead to the collective development and corroboration of proofs, Rosental shows how a logical discovery and its recognition within the scholarly community are by no means the product of any one individual working in isolation, but rather a social process that can be observed and studied.Weaving Self-Evidence will interest students and researchers in sociology and the history and philosophy of science and technology, and anyone curious about how scientists work.

Choice

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Author: Association of College and Research Libraries

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Semiotica

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Linguistics

Page: N.A

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From the Mind of a Mother

Essays for the 21st Century and Beyond

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Author: Rebecca Boone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781573090452

Category: Social Science

Page: 321

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Simple logic tells us that behind every man is a woman. These insightful essays are about the female sexual system out of which man has evolved. In the author's view, Western philosophical thought based upon rationality developed largely by our sons has not reached effulgence. However, that which is human necessarily originates with the mother. It is she rather than the son who possesses the way, the property and means, by which to unify us as a species and to keep us human. This original work covers such areas as motherhood and the mathematics of 1 and 2, maternal consciousness of language, gender, man's place in the mother's world, and the limit of man's philosophy of man. The essays were written for the purpose of inspiring every woman to think of herself as wealthy in her own right in sole virtue of her gender and procreative genius.