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What is mathematics, really?

Tries to refine the philosophy of mathematics to reflect what mathematicians really do, and argues that mathematics must be understood in a social context
Print Book, English, 1999
Oxford University Press, New York, 1999
xxiv, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780195130874, 0195130871
Preface: Aims and goals
Dialogue with Laura
Survey and proposals
Criteria for a philosophy of mathematics
Five classical puzzles
Mainstream before the crisis
Mainstream philosophy at its peak
Mainstream since the crisis
Foundationism dies/mainstream lives
Humanists and mavericks of old
Modern humanists and mavericks
Contemporary humanists and mavericks
Summary and recapitulation: Mathematics is a form of life
Mathematical notes/comments
Bibliography Index
Originally published: 1997