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The Blind Spot by William Byers

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The Mystery of Number

It is paradoxical that while mathematics has the reputation of being one subject that brooks no contradictions, in reality it has a long history of successfully living with contradictions. This is best seen in the extensions of the notion of number that have been made over a period of 2,500 years … each extension, in its way, overcame a contradictory set of demands.

—Philip Davis1

The last chapter was about limits to analytic intelligence. These limits are not just global, they are also local. They come up in almost every situation in which science is discussed; they are implicit in every basic scientific concept. Every ...

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