Gnomes in the Fog

The Reception of Brouwer’s Intuitionism in the 1920s

  • Dennis E. Hesseling

Part of the Science Networks. Historical Studies book series (SNHS, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. L. E. J. Brouwer
    Pages 1-24
  3. L. E. J. Brouwer
    Pages 25-90
  4. Ernst Zermelo
    Pages 91-116
  5. Walter Lietzmann
    Pages 117-215
  6. Walter Lietzmann
    Pages 217-299
  7. Hubert Cremer
    Pages 301-344
  8. Dennis E. Hesseling
    Pages 345-354
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 355-448

About this book


The significance of foundational debate in mathematics that took place in the 1920s seems to have been recognized only in circles of mathematicians and philosophers. A period in the history of mathematics when mathematics and philosophy, usually so far away from each other, seemed to meet. The foundational debate is presented with all its brilliant contributions and its shortcomings, its new ideas and its misunderstandings.


Brouwer Mathematical Intuitionism Metaphor eXist form history of mathematics logic mathematics philosophy politics set theory story topology

Authors and affiliations

  • Dennis E. Hesseling
    • 1
  1. 1.JL Den HaagThe Netherlands

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