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How the Martians Discovered Algebra: Explorations in Induction and the Philosophy of Mathematics

How the Martians Discovered Algebra: Explorations in Induction and the Philosophy of Mathematics

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  • ISBN-13: 9781548260620
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date: Jul 15, 2017
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.48 x 9.0 x 6.0 inches

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Overview

This exploration of induction and philosophy of mathematics is presented as a look “under the hood” at the process of mathematical theorizing, a detailed view of how the process of induction actually works. It also provides an alternative to the mind-numbing constructs of modern logic, mathematics, and set theory, explaining the true nature of zero and empty sets and revealing the flaw in Cantor’s writings on infinity. There are original ideas here, including the author’s view that zero and the empty set function as “operation blockers,” as well as his explanation of why the value of the zero power of any number is always 1. The author also offers his own discovery of a new method for generating Pythagorean triples. He lays out both the deductive validation of his method and the details of his exploration of the Pythagorean equation that uncovered the relationships underlying his method. Academics, college students, and intelligent laypersons interested in philosophy and mathematics will all find this a challenging and stimulating read. They will be rewarded with new perspectives, not only on the theoretical landscape of mathematics and logic, but also on the value in learning the mental processes involved in induction, as well as the endless opportunities for fascination and delight to be obtained from mathematical discovery.

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