Fields Book 
Store - Soulful and scholarly books from the world's spiritual traditions

Mathematics and the Divine: A Historical Study (New)

by Koetsier, Teun (ed)

Publisher: Elsevier Science Corp

Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket

Book ID: 9780444503282, 0444503285

$266.00

Please inquire for availability

Description

Mathematics and the Divine seem to correspond to diametrically opposed tendencies of the human mind. Does the mathematician not seek what is precisely defined, and do the objects intended by the mystic and the theologian not lie beyond definition? Is mathematics not Man's search for a measure, and isn?t the Divine that which is immeasurable – The present book shows that the domains of mathematics and the Divine, which may seem so radically separated, have throughout history and across cultures, proved to be intimately related. Religious activities such as the building of temples, the telling of ritual stories or the drawing of enigmatic figures all display distinct mathematical features. Major philosophical systems dealing with the Absolute and theological speculations focussing on our knowledge of the Ultimate have been based on or inspired by mathematics. A series of chapters by an international team of experts highlighting key figures, schools and trains of thought is presented here. Chinese number mysticism, the views of Pythagoras and Plato and their followers, Nicholas of Cusa's theological geometry, Spinozism and intuitionism as a philosophy of mathematics are treated side by side among many other themes in an attempt at creating a global view on the relation of mathematics and Man?s quest for the Absolute in the course of history.

Audience

Scholarly public working in history, philosophy, theology or mathematics and a more generally oriented, academic but less specialized public.

Contents

Introduction
1. Ho Peng-Yoke, Chinese Number Mysticism
2. Kim Plofker, Derivation and Revelation: the Legitimacy of Mathematical Models in Indian Cosmology
3. Reviel Netz, The Pythagoreans
4. Ian Mueller, Mathematics and the Divine in Plato
5. Jean-Francois Mattei, Nicomachus of Gerasa and the Divine Arithmetical Ladder
6. Dominic J. O'Meara, Geometry and the Divine in Proclus
7. Marie-Pierre Terrien, Religious Architecture and Mathematics during Late Antiquity
8. David A. King, The Sacred Geography of Islam
9. Faith Wallis, 'Number Mystique' in early medieval computus texts
10. Maurice-Ruben Hayoun, Is the Divine Universe Divisible
11. Charles Lohr, Mathematics and the Divine: Ramon Lull
12. Hugue Garcia, Christian Gnosis
13. Edith Dudley Sylla, Swester Katrei and Gregory of Rimini: Angels, God and Mathematics in the Fourteenth Century
14. Jean-Michel Counet, Mathematics and the Divine in Nicholas of Cusa
15. Teun Koetsier and Karin Reich, Michael Stifel and his Numerology
16. Ivo Schneider, Between Rosicrucians and Kabbala - the Mathematics of the Biblical Numbers of Johannes Faulhaber
17. Eberhard Knobloch, Mathematics and the Divine: Athanasius Kircher
18. Volker R. Remmert, Galileo, God and Mathematics
19. Andre Charrak, The Mathematical Model of Creation According to Kepler
20. Jean-Marie Nicolle, The Mathematical Analogy in the Proof of God's Existence by Descartes
21. Donald Adamson, Pascal's Views on Mathematics and the Divine
22. Ger Harmsen, Spinoza and the Geometrical Method of Proof
23. Philip Beeley and Siegmund Probst, John Wallis (1616-1703): Mathematician and Divine
24. Kees de Pater, Newton and the Ocean of Truth
25. Herbert Breger, Leibniz: Mathematics and the Divine
26. Wolfgang Breidert, Berkeley's Defence of the Infinite God in Contrast to the Infinite in Mathematics
27. Ruediger Thiele, Leonhard Euler and the Divine
28. Ruediger Thiele, Georg Cantor and the Divine
29. Luc Bergmans, Gerrit Mannoury and his Fellow Significians on Mathematics and Mysticism
30. Teun Koetsier, Arthur Schopenhauer and L. E. J. Brouwer: A Comparison
31. Sergei S. Demidov and Charles E. Ford, On the Road to a Unified View: Priest Pavel Florensky - Theologian, Philosopher and Scientist
32. Francois De Gandt, Husserl and Impossible Numbers: a Sceptical Experience
33. Bruno Pinchard, Symbol and Space According to Rene Guenon
34. Teun Koetsier, Eddington: Science and the Unseen World
35. Albert van der Schoot, The Divined Proportion

Bibliographic & ordering Information
Hardbound, 716 pages, publication date: DEC-2004

Beyond the Mauve Zone. Enhanced Edition. Beyond the Mauve Zone. Enhanced Edition.
Grant, Kenneth
Starfire

London: Starfire Publishing, 2016. Limited Edition. A new, enhanced edition of BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE, fully corrected by Michael Staley using Kenneth Grant's personal copy with his annotations. The volume has also been re-set, and includes a new index that should prove most useful. A FINE CLOTH COPY in illustrated dust jacket. Custom end papers. Colored frontispiece, and twenty-four page plate section with the majority of the images being in color. 324 pages, indexed. Octavo. This is the eighth,...
More

Price: $59.95

The House of Owls The House of Owls
Angell, Tony
Yale University Press

For a quarter century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside their forest home. The journals the author recorded his observations in, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book a personal account of an artist-naturalist s life with owls. Angell s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do hunting, courting, raising families, and exercisi...
More

Price: $30.00

Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality
Allen, Lasara Firefox
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.

"Jailbreaking the Goddess is an important contribution to the writings on Goddess tradition and feminist spirituality. . . . I love her political savvy, her sensitivity around issues of diversity and cultural awareness and appropriation, and her unabashed celebration of pleasure, sensuality, and life!" -- Starhawk

Jailbreaking the Goddess is a revolutionary revisioning of the feminine divine. Where the maiden, mother, crone archetypal system is tied to female biology and physic...
More

Price: $22.99

The Blazing Dew of Stars The Blazing Dew of Stars
Smith, David Chaim
Fulgur Limited

London: Fulgur Limited, 2013. Limited to 1001 copies only. Square landscape folio. For those who have had the joy of handling and experiencing The Sacrificial Universe released last year, this new book will continue that fine tradition. The Blazing Dew of Stars is a complex mystical text which speaks with many voices to introduce the practice of Kabbalistic contemplative alchemy. The volume offers glimpses of a rare view of direct application and immersion into the Real, intertwini...
More

Price: $89.95

The Sworn Book of Honorius: Liber Iuratus Honorii The Sworn Book of Honorius: Liber Iuratus Honorii
Honorius of Thebes
Ibis Press / Nicolas-Hayes

As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text, and only a few manuscripts have survived. Bits of its teachings, such as the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits, are alluded to in other texts. Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate Seal of God, has been found in texts and amulets throughout Europe.

Interest in The Sworn Book of Honorius has grown in recent years, yet no modern translations have been attemptedunt...
More

Price: $35.00