I feel reuben hersh has done for math what kuhn did for science show the back room of the enterprise here is an non idealized messed up if you will version of math that takes into account what mathematicians really do and not just what philosophers have to say and adjudicate about it. Most philosophers of mathematics treat it as isolated timeless ahistorical inhuman reuben hersh argues the contrary that mathematics must be understood as a human activity a social phenomenon part of human culture historically evolved and intelligible only in a social context hersh pulls . In fact he argues regardless of our ideals mathematics is done by fallible people and so the traditional philosophies cannot really guarantee certainty so lets give it up mathematics is a human endeavor and mathematical truths are uncertain like any other truths. In what is mathematics really renowned mathematician reuben hersh argues the contrary in a subversive attack on traditional philosophies of mathematics most notably platonism and formalism he shows that mathematics must be understood as a human activity a social phenomenon part of human culture historically evolved and intelligible . Mathematics such as existence of finite and infinite mathematical entities intuition proof and truth and tries to show that his philosophy deals with what is mathematics really reviewed by ed dubinsky ed dubinsky is professor of mathematics at georgia state university
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