Humanizing Mathematics and its Philosophy

Essays Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Reuben Hersh

  • Bharath Sriraman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bharath Sriraman
    Pages 1-10
  3. Bharath Sriraman
    Pages 11-18
  4. Reuben Hersh
    Pages 19-29
  5. William Byers
    Pages 45-60
  6. David A. Edwards
    Pages 61-67
  7. Ian Stewart
    Pages 69-83
  8. Dmitrii Yu. Manin, Yuri I. Manin
    Pages 85-96
  9. Michael Harris
    Pages 115-123
  10. Doron Zeilberger
    Pages 139-149
  11. Julian Cole
    Pages 151-165
  12. Chandler Davis
    Pages 167-172
  13. Martin Davis
    Pages 215-222
  14. Michèle Friend
    Pages 291-307
  15. Alexandre V. Borovik
    Pages 309-327
  16. Elena Anne Corie Marchisotto
    Pages 329-345
  17. Nel Noddings
    Pages 347-349
  18. Chandler Davis
    Pages 355-359
  19. Reuben Hersh
    Pages 361-363

About this book


This Festschrift contains numerous colorful and eclectic essays from well-known mathematicians, philosophers, logicians, and linguists celebrating the 90th birthday of Reuben Hersh. The essays offer, in part, attempts to answer the following questions set forth by Reuben himself as a focus for this volume:

  • Can practicing mathematicians, as such, contribute anything to the philosophy of math? Can or should philosophers of math, as such, say anything to practicing mathematicians?

  • Twenty or fifty years from now, what will be similar, and what will, or could, or should be altogether different: About the philosophy of math? About math education? About math research institutions? About data processing and scientific computing?

The essays also offer glimpses into Reuben’s fertile mind and his lasting influence on the mathematical community, as well as revealing the diverse roots, obstacles and philosophical dispositions that characterize the working lives of mathematicians. 

With contributions from a veritable “who’s who” list of 20th century luminaries from mathematics and philosophy, as well as from Reuben himself, this volume will appeal to a wide variety of readers from curious undergraduates to prominent mathematicians.  


Philosophy of mathematics Reuben Hersh Math education Humanist philosophy Data processing Scientific computing

Editors and affiliations

  • Bharath Sriraman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesThe University of MontanaMissoulaUSA

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