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Making and Breaking Mathematical Sense: Histories and Philosophies of Mathematical Practice

Roi Wagner


In line with the emerging field of philosophy of mathematical practice, this book pushes the philosophy of mathematics away from questions about the reality and truth of mathematical entities and statements and toward a focus on what mathematicians actually do—and how that evolves and changes over time. How do new mathematical entities come to be? What internal, natural, cognitive, and social constraints shape mathematical cultures? How do mathematical signs form and reform their meanings? How can we model the cognitive processes at play in mathematical evolution? And how does mathematics tie ... More

Keywords: mathematics, mathematical entities, mathematical cultures, mathematical signs, mathematical evolution, mathematical practice, mathematical cognition, philosophy of mathematics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691171715
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691171715.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roi Wagner, author
Tel Aviv University