The Paradox

  • Francis J. Murray
Part of the Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Science and Engineering book series (MCSENG, volume 12)


Mathematics has always been an essential technical element in civilization, but it also plays an intellectual role because of the unique character of its conceptual structure. Geometric and arithmetic ideas framed and supported Babylonian astrology and as a consequence indicated order and inevitableness in human affairs. Classical geometry presented the original format for a rigorous logical discussion and shaped the whole concept of a philosophical point of view based on a specific set of principles from which all others are deduced. Problem mathematics is necessarily associated with the idea of human affairs based on a mutual understanding arrived at by logical means.


Scientific Theory Human Affair Classical Geometry Basic Conviction Action Hypothesis 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis J. Murray
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  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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