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Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur


This book brings together important thinkers in mathematics, history, and philosophy to explore the relationship between mathematics and narrative. “Circles disturbed” reflect the last words of Archimedes before he was slain by a Roman soldier—“Don't disturb my circles”—words that seem to refer to two radically different concerns: that of the practical person living in the concrete world of reality, and that of the theoretician lost in a world of abstraction. Stories and theorems are, in a sense, the natural languages of these two worlds—stories representing the way we act and interact, and th ... More

Keywords: mathematics, narrative, reality, abstraction, mathematicians, storytelling, dreams, intuition, theorems, Archimedes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691149042
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Apostolos Doxiadis, editor

Barry Mazur, editor
Harvard University

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