Topologist, Intuitionist, Philosopher

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Dirk van Dalens biography studies the fascinating life of the famous Dutch mathematician and philosopher Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer. Brouwer belonged to a special class of genius; complex and often...
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Dirk van Dalens biography studies the fascinating life of the famous Dutch mathematician and philosopher Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer. Brouwer belonged to a special class of genius; complex and often controversial and gifted with a deep intuition, he had an unparalleled access to the secrets and intricacies of mathematics. Most mathematicians remember L.E.J. Brouwer from his scientific breakthroughs in the young subject of topology and for the famous Brouwer fixed point theorem. Brouwers main interest, however, was in the foundation of mathematics which led him to introduce, and then consolidate, constructive methods under the name intuitionism. This made him one of the main protagonists in the foundation crisis of mathematics. As a confirmed internationalist, he also got entangled in the interbellum struggle for the ending of the boycott of German and Austrian scientists. This time during the twentieth century was turbulent; nationalist resentment and friction between formalism and intuitionism led to the Mathematische Annalen conflict (The war of the frogs and the mice). It was here that Brouwer played a pivotal role.
Uitgever Springer Verlag
Druk 1
ISBN/EAN 9781447146155
Auteur Dalen, Dirk van
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