Google full text of our books:


Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science
Hermann Weyl
With a new introduction by Frank Wilczek

Paperback | 2009 | $52.00 | ($31.20) / £35.95 | (£21.57) | ISBN: 9780691141206
336 pp. | 6 x 9
Add to Shopping Cart

Introduction[PDF] pdf-icon

Google full text of this book:

When mathematician Hermann Weyl decided to write a book on philosophy, he faced what he referred to as "conflicts of conscience"--the objective nature of science, he felt, did not mesh easily with the incredulous, uncertain nature of philosophy. Yet the two disciplines were already intertwined. In Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science, Weyl examines how advances in philosophy were led by scientific discoveries--the more humankind understood about the physical world, the more curious we became. The book is divided into two parts, one on mathematics and the other on the physical sciences. Drawing on work by Descartes, Galileo, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, and Newton, Weyl provides readers with a guide to understanding science through the lens of philosophy. This is a book that no one but Weyl could have written--and, indeed, no one has written anything quite like it since.


"The translation has long been out of print, so this recent publication, with a very fine introduction by Frank Wilczek, is to be highly valued. . . . Weyl's Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science should be on every mathematician's or physicist's bookshelf. . . . What a pleasure, what a privilege, to read and contemplate Hermann Weyl's monumental achievements."--Jeremy Butterfield, Physics Today

"[W]e remain ever grateful that Hermann Weyl, compromising his conscience to the extent that he did, left behind this unrivaled treasure of insights into the murkiest epistemological depths of mathematics and theoretical physics."--Thomas Ryckman, Metascience

Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by Hermann Weyl:

Subject Areas:


For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

 Paperback $52.00 | ($31.20) ISBN: 9780691141206

Add to shopping cart
View contents of your shopping cart

For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan

 Paperback £35.95 | (£21.57) ISBN: 9780691141206

Add to shopping cart
View contents of your shopping cart

Prices subject to change without notice

File created: 11/21/2015

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

fall saleHoliday Sale
New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Princeton Legacy Library
Exam/Desk Copy
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
PUP Home

Bookmark and Share
Send me emails
about new books in:
History Of Science And Medicine, Philosophy Of Science
More Choices