Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Friedrich Waismann This enlightening survey of mathematical concept formation holds a natural appeal to philosophically minded readers, and no formal training in mathematics is necessary to appreciate its clear exposition of mathematic fundamentals. Rather than a system of theorems with completely developed proofs or examples of applications, readers will encounter a coherent presentation of mathematical ideas that begins with the...
Friedrich Waismann. The teacher who deeply influenced me in a seminar at Oxford University in 1979 on the concept of Infinity. We reviewed Einstein's theory that all reality is both one and infinite and that these are the only "real" numbers and in fact the same number, as Mrs. Eddy has seen in her religious textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. I have spent much of my life developing his ideas. See my board, One Equals Infinity;
Born in Vienna, Waismann was educated in mathematics and physics at the University of Vienna. In 1922, he began to study philosophy under the tutelage of Moritz Schlick, the founder of the Vienna Circle. He emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1938. He was a reader in philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge from 1937 to 1939, and lecturer in philosophy of mathematics at the University of Oxford from 1939 until his death.
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