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Wow this was really impressive Especially fascinating was the influence that Newton's and Galileo's success in predicting natural phenomena with their methods had on all kinds of cultural views There's three chapters on this aloneEven though Kline doesn't discuss this the 19th socialists were of course not immune to this influence even 200 years afterwards More than one socialist reported to have found the laws of social movement as a direct analogy to Newton's laws of mechanical movement For Charles Fourier — who talks of movement and attraction — his own theories meant explicitly the finalization of Newton's work He reported — with mathematical precision — his findings that there are five different kinds of movement in the world and that people have 13 different passions which can in turn be divided into three categories etcThe combinations of the passions form 810 different types of people 576 of these are controlled by one passion 80 by two one spiritual and one sensual passion 96 by two spiritual passions etc etc Based on this one can calculate — with scientific precision — the ideal size of a community 1620 people where everyone has something to do that matches their personality This is from Riasanovsky The Teaching of Charles Fourier 1969 p 42 43It would seem to me that the Marxist talk about the laws of motion of capital the dialectics of nature etc continues this tradition of Newtonian cultural influence in ways that were not so useful in every respect For example it's not really useful to understand Marxism as a predictive social science analogous — even if in some milder form — to natural science which supposedly distinguishes it from bourgeois prejudice etcHere's some uotes from Kline's book on the effects of the Newtonian revolution to Western culture There was really a lot in the book that was extremely interesting but I'll focus on this because it fits so well with my other interestsThe success of the uantitative approach of Galileo Newton Descartes etc along with analysis in terms of force and motion suggested to the physiologists and psychologists that they look for explanations of their problems in these mechanical terms instead of in terms of astrological portents soul mind spirits humours and other vague notions Two great works Man a Machine by the celebrated French physician Julian O de la Mettrie and The System of Nature by the French radical Baron Paul Heinrich d’Holbach went so far as to ‘explain’ consciousness the bodily processes and all human thoughts and actions in terms of matter and motion Not long after Newton studied the heavens La Mettrie claimed to have discovered the calculus of the human mind and the French economist Francois uesnay announced euations for economic and social life It seemed to be only a uestion of time before all phenomena natural social and mental would be reduced to mathematical laws Kant declared in fact that the progress of a science could be determined by the extent to which mathematics had entered into its methods and contents Mathematics thus became the celebrated key to knowledge the ‘ueen of the Sciences’ The chief characteristic of this new approach to knowledge was unbounded confidence in reason and in the validity of the extension of mathematical methods throughout the physical and formal sciences and beyond them to all fields of knowledge This brave programme as we shall see was not entirely successful Not all problems yielded to mathematical methods despite the expectations and efforts of many great men Yet the rationalistic temper of the period permanently altered the course of thought in almost all fieldsIn pursuit of the same broad goal as Descartes’ the mathematician and philosopher Leibniz launched a ambitious programme He sought to devise a universal technical language and a calculus that would be adeuate to embrace and prosecute effectively all inuiries Why not reasoned Leibniz broaden the scope of the mathematical language and mathematical machinery to include all studies? He therefore proposed as a first step towards his universal deductive science thedecomposition of all ideas employed in thought into fundamental distinct and non overlapping ones just as a composite number such as 24 is decomposed into the prime factors 2 and 3 Of course mathematics had been recognized as a source of such truths since Greek times Only after the Renaissance however did mathematical laws begin to make such sweeping affirmations about the universe that they jeopardized the titles of the traditional philosophic and religious rulers of the realm of truth The belief that the universe can be completely explained in terms of the mechanical concepts of force matter and motion and their mathematical relations acuired such a hold on the minds of men that it became a fashionable commonplace It still is a conviction possessed by many who follow consciously or unconsciously the point of view of Newton’s immediate successors This conviction is often voiced today despite the fact that it is now realized that nature is far complex than themechanically minded eighteenth century scientists believed it to be It is this conviction that is the basis for the nineteenth century belief in scientific perfectibility and in the ultimate solution of all problems such as a cure for cancer and the creation of life by chemical means Mathematicians successful in revealing and phrasing the order in nature became the arbiters of the language style spirit and content of seventeenth and eighteenth century literature The movement towards standardization of language culminated in one of the landmarks of the English language Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary Johnson undertook to regulate a language which had been ‘produced by necessity and enlarged by accident' From a or less inclusive explanation of the meanings of words Johnson converted the dictionary into an authoritative standard of good usage and the arbiter of verbal fashions By careful distinctions clearly set forth often with the aid ofuotations he established exact meanings and proper use of words It was his intent that these meanings and usages were to be fixed for all time just as the word triangle has meant precisely the same thing for thousands of years Jeremy Bentham distinguished for his ethical and political philosophy concerned himself with this problem too Nouns he said are better than verbs An idea embodied in a noun is ‘stationed on a rock'; one embodied in a verb ‘slips through your fingers like an eel’ The ideal language would resemble algebra; ideas would be represented by symbols as numbers are represented by letters Thereby ambiguous or inadeuate words and misleading metaphors would be eliminated It was well recognized in the Newtonian age that statements in a mathematical discussion or demonstration are concise unambiguous clear and exact Many writers believed that the success enjoyed by mathematics could be credited almost entirely to this naked and pristine style and therefore resolved to imitate i t In the seventeenth century the Fellows of the Royal Society decided that the reformation of English prose was within the province of that august body It urged the members of the Society to avoid elouence and extravagance of expression in the description of their experiments Metaphors were banished in favour of accurate language describing objective realities Locke said in this connection that metaphor and symbolism are agreeable but not rational The pedantic florid scholarly style with complex Latinized constructions was abandoned in favour of a simple direct prose Banished also were impetous flights of imagination vigorous emotionally charged expressions poetic exuberance enthusiasm and sonorous and highly suggestive phrases Leading figures deprecated and some actually declared war on poetry Locke said that poetry offers merely pleasant pictures and agreeable visions but these do not conform to truth and reason Poetry is not really needed by people who have seen the light of reason; Hume was brutal According to him poetry is the work of professional liars who seek to entertain by fictions Bentham distinguished poetry from prose by the criterion that in prose all the lines except the last extend to the margin whereas in poetry some of them fall short Poetry he continued proves nothing; it is full of sentimentalism and vague generalities The silly jingling might satisfy the ears of a savage but would make no impression on a mature mind Literature was not the only art to be strongly influenced by the flourishing and almost domineering mathematical spirit of the Newtonian age Eighteenth century painting architecture landscape gardening and even furniture design became subject to rigid conventions and explicitly set standards Just as observation had produced Kepler’s laws so the study of nature would reveal the laws of art Some however believed that reason alone independently of observation could deduce by the a priori geometrical method the mathematical laws of aesthetics for beauty like truth is apprehended by rational faculty

Superb Now I understand why and how philosophy was for 2000 years since Euclid trying to be like mathematics Arriving to truth by deduction from self evident axioms This influence of maths has been pervasive See this mathematical text says the book We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created eual that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness Yes it is the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence of USA ;

Helpful interesting but not the most enjoyable presentation of the material Kline wears his biases about intellectual history on his sleeve

One of the best books I have ever read Kline's presentation of material is a pleasure to read His sweeping review of the history of maths and culture is engaging challenging and fascinating It draws vast outlines and makes conceptualizing the history as a whole manageable and it is a fantastic starting point for anyone interested in these ideas It also a wonderful substitute for a orthodox history of mathematics If you are on the fence read this book

I have marked this as read though actually I began to skim fairly early on The attitudes of the author seem so dated now even on such a universal subject I disliked the whole tone of the writing I'm afraid An impartial history of mathematics would be much readable

A simple but really wonderful book Highly accessible Eye opening to this old fellow

A very well written book I started out reading this in preparation for taking Calculus Having gone through Calc 2 I realize now I probably didn't have to read this in order to do well in class But I am glad that I read this because it taught me so much about the history of mathematics and logic in western culture as the title denotes as well as other cool principles and facts A good read

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This books shows beautifully how mathematics did not develop in isolation but grew out of contact with other fields with the interaction and influence going both ways A great read from beginning to end

I like authors who can make sense out of Math since I was never any good at itSorry can't remember much detail I read it few years back