FOM: Hersh's Book

Stephen Cook sacook at
Mon Dec 29 15:57:24 EST 1997

In outlining his book Reuben Hersh (Dec 22) makes the case that mathematics
is a "social-cultural-historic" reality.  Who would disagree?  But so
are all academic disciplines.  It seems to me that a more important question
which should be addressed by a book on the nature of mathematics is: 
What is it that distinguished mathematics from other academic disciplines?

Stephen Cook

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