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When mathematician Hermann Weyl decided to write a book on philosophy, he faced what he referred to as "conflicts of conscience"--the objective nature of science, he felt, did not mesh easily with the incredulous, uncertain nature of philosophy. Yet the two disciplines were already intertwined. In "Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science," Weyl examines how advances
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Paperback, 311 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published 1949)
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Manny
Dec 04, 2013 Manny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who think they're smart
Over fifty of my Goodreads friends have read Wittgenstein's Tractatus, a book which famously sets out to describe the limits of human understanding. None of them have read Weyl's Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science, which was written by another German-speaking author a few years later, with a related plan in mind. For the first chapter or so, I wondered why.

The reason, alas, soon becomes all too apparent; Weyl's book is much more challenging. Wittgenstein does everything from first pri
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G.R. Reader
One of my earliest memories is of hearing my great-grandma tell the story of how she met Frau Schrödinger at a rather wild party in Vienna in 1926. She asked her why she was carrying on with Weyl when she was, as she said herself, happily married.

"Well," said Great-Grandma, "she told me that one of them had a better mind and the other one had a bigger dick, but I'd drunk so much champagne that I couldn't remember the next day who had what. And I never saw her again."

I came out from under the tab
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Joseph Nicolello
For the record, I am not actually reading this simultaneously w/ Dahlberg and Mailer, but I reserving Weyl at my library desk at the college. I liked Manny's review much more than to click 'Like' and have been investigating Weyl. This book and several others are in stock, and I will be spending this arctic week's evenings at my little desk dabbling very slowly in this book. Pretty excited about it. My two Dahlberg books will be arriving today, tomorrow, or sometime soon, and reading Executioner' ...more
Aasem Bakhshi
One of those books that I took longest to read, that too partially with a lot of skimming and I would come back to those parts if I ever familiarize myself with pre-requisites, which among other things, include some minimum basic essentials of Reimannian geometry and topology and the the underlying philosophies. If you have not done so, you can skim the chapter about Geometry and also parts of the last chapter on physical picture of the universe. For complete laymen, Burtt's Metaphysical Foundat ...more
Jeff Kesner
You could only give this four stars if you use it like an encyclopaedia or a reference. If you do this, the historical significance of some of the ideas and philosophical points is not withered with the passage of time.
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Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl, ForMemRS[3] (German: [vaɪl]; 9 November 1885 – 8 December 1955) was a German mathematician, theoretical physicist and philosopher. Although much of his working life was spent in Zürich, Switzerland and then Princeton, he is associated with the University of Göttingen tradition of mathematics, represented by David Hilbert and Hermann Minkowski. His research has had major si ...more
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