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Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science


natural science, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Christian perspective


The discipline of mathematics has not been spared the sweeping critique of postmodernism. Is mathematical theory true for all time, or are mathematical constructs in fact fallible? This fascinating book examines the tensions that have arisen between modern and postmodern views of mathematics, explores alternative theories of mathematical truth, explains why the issues are important, and shows how a Christian perspective makes a difference.

This chapter continues the process of tracing Western mathematization.


Chapter 6 from edited book Mathematics in a Postmodern Age: A Christian Perspective by Russell W. Howell and James Bradley. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub., ©2001.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher; all rights reserved.

For additional material authored by Dr Jongsma in the same book, see Chapter 5, Mathematization in the Pre-Modern Period (pages 133-161) and the first third of Chapter 7, The Mathematization of Culture (pages 193-201).

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Mathematics in a Postmodern Age: A Christian Perspective


Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

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