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Mathematical communities

Mathematical communities i~V~l~iii[:-liir-ii[,-l-:lle'I.]nli,l!tiliil~l--'! Marjorie Senechal, Editor i note have been noted by others; all I t is now forty-five years since C. P. have done is to bring them together. I Snow published "The Two Cultures'- Mathematics I compare theorems and proofs with (New Statesman, 1956 10 6), drawing the intellectual world's attention to the narratives, both fictional and histori- unhealthy division between scientists cal. I stay clear, for instance, of the dis- and Narrative and their less easily described com- tinction between fiction and history, a plement [1]. While the community of distinction that does not matter for my by R. S. D. Thomas mathematicians has a complex relation purposes, however important it is to to these cultures--some of us belong philosophy of history. I am interested in the kind of history that tells a story to one, some to the other, and some, and in the simpler kinds of fiction: fairy like the scientist-novelist Snow him- tales, fables, mythical tales, and much self, to both--for many purposes mathematics is still considered, espe- in the genres of romance, murders, ad- cially by us, as the queen of the sci- venture stories, science fiction, and ences. We expend much effort ex- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Mathematical Intelligencer Springer Journals

Mathematical communities

The Mathematical Intelligencer , Volume 24 (3) – Jan 9, 2009

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Mathematics; Mathematics, general; Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics; Mathematical Methods in Physics; Numerical and Computational Physics; Appl.Mathematics/Computational Methods of Engineering
ISSN
0343-6993
DOI
10.1007/BF03024731
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Abstract

i~V~l~iii[:-liir-ii[,-l-:lle'I.]nli,l!tiliil~l--'! Marjorie Senechal, Editor i note have been noted by others; all I t is now forty-five years since C. P. have done is to bring them together. I Snow published "The Two Cultures'- Mathematics I compare theorems and proofs with (New Statesman, 1956 10 6), drawing the intellectual world's attention to the narratives, both fictional and histori- unhealthy division between scientists cal. I stay clear, for instance, of the dis- and Narrative and their less easily described com- tinction between fiction and history, a plement [1]. While the community of distinction that does not matter for my by R. S. D. Thomas mathematicians has a complex relation purposes, however important it is to to these cultures--some of us belong philosophy of history. I am interested in the kind of history that tells a story to one, some to the other, and some, and in the simpler kinds of fiction: fairy like the scientist-novelist Snow him- tales, fables, mythical tales, and much self, to both--for many purposes mathematics is still considered, espe- in the genres of romance, murders, ad- cially by us, as the queen of the sci- venture stories, science fiction, and ences. We expend much effort ex-

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Published: Jan 9, 2009

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