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JESSEPH, DOUGLAS MICHAEL - Squaring the circle : the war between Hobbes and Wallis

Title: Squaring the circle : the war between Hobbes and Wallis
Description: Chicago, ILUniversity Of Chicago Press, 1999. Paperback. 419 pp. English text. Condition : as new.Includes bibliographical references and index. - In 1655, the philosopher Thomas Hobbes claimed he had solved the centuries-old problem of squaring of the circle (constructing a square equal in area to a given circle). With a scathing rebuttal to Hobbes's claims, the mathematician John Wallis began one of the longest and most intense intellectual disputes of all time. Squaring the Circle is a detailed account of this controversy, from the core mathematics to the broader philosophical, political, and religious issues at stake. Hobbes believed that by recasting geometry in a materialist mold, he could solve any geometric problem and thereby demonstrate the power of his materialist metaphysics. Wallis, a prominent Presbyterian divine as well as an eminent mathematician, refuted Hobbes's geometry as a means of discrediting his philosophy, which Wallis saw as a dangerous mix of atheism and pernicious political theory. Hobbes and Wallis's battle of the books illuminates the intimate relationship between science and crucial seventeenth-century debates over the limits of sovereign power and the existence of God. Mailorder only - Alleen verzending mogelijk. Book condition : as new. ISBN 9780226399003.

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Price: EUR 25.00 = appr. US$ 27.17 Seller: Kloof Booksellers & Scientia Verlag
- Book number: %23274459