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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 647.

Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

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Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 07:07:42 +0000

From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>

Subject: history of 20C mathematics?

I am in need of recommendations for a history of 20C mathematics, esp from

Hilbert through Gödel to Turing and von Neumann; it would also be useful to

read about how Mr Turing's machine (as Richard Feynman calls it) has

affected mathematics since. I'm interested in a philosophical view of this

history, but it's important to me to get the facts straight, e.g. which

important papers were published when. I'd like to understand which of

Hilbert's famous problems proved important to this particular history and

why. At the same time I'd rejoice in a view sufficiently strong to risk a

few sentences that sum up the gist of how Hilbert's project ran aground,

why and what this tells us about computing. Constance Reid's Hilbert is, as

she says, more of a poetic celebration of mathematics (and German academic

culture of the period) than a real history; frustratingly it gives few

references, for example. I need a more scholarly poem!

Many thanks.

Yours,

WM

Dr Willard McCarty | Senior Lecturer | Centre for Computing in the

Humanities | King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS || +44 (0)20

7848-2784 fax: -2980 || willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk

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