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Euclid in the rainforest discovering universal truth in logic and math by Joseph Mazur

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Published by Pi Press in New York, N.Y .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Logic, Symbolic and mathematical.,
  • Mathematics -- Philosophy.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-315) and index.

StatementJoseph Mazur.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsQA9 .M3935 2005
The Physical Object
Paginationxv, 334 p. :
Number of Pages334
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3315639M
ISBN 100131479946
LC Control Number2004110316
OCLC/WorldCa57193421

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