Technology and Mathematics

Philosophical and Historical Investigations

  • Sven Ove┬áHansson

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introductory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sven Ove Hansson
      Pages 3-10
  3. The Historical Connection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Sara L. Uckelman
      Pages 33-46
    3. Wolfgang Lenzen
      Pages 47-78
    4. Doron Swade
      Pages 79-106
    5. Mark Priestley
      Pages 107-135
    6. Sandy Zabell
      Pages 137-161
  4. Technology in Mathematics

  5. Mathematics in Technology

About this book


This volume is the first extensive study of the historical and philosophical connections between technology and mathematics. Coverage includes the use of mathematics in ancient as well as modern technology, devices and machines for computation, cryptology, mathematics in technological education, the epistemology of computer-mediated proofs, and the relationship between technological and mathematical computability. The book also examines the work of such historical figures as Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and Alan Turing.


Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophy of Technology Philosophy of Computing History of Mathematics History of Technology History of Computing Mathematics and Mechanical Computation computation in the medieval and modern era impact of WWII cryptology on post-war mathematics mathematical origins of modern computing Technological uses of mathematics Mathematical models of technological and social complexity Epistemology of Computer-Mediated Proofs physical Church-Turing thesis Quantum Reflections on Computational Complexity Practical limits to the effectiveness of mathematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Sven Ove┬áHansson
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of PhilosophyRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)StockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93778-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93779-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7202
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7210
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