Nicolas Bourbaki and the concept of mathematical structure

  title={Nicolas Bourbaki and the concept of mathematical structure},
  author={Leo Corry},
  • L. Corry
  • Published 1 September 1992
  • Philosophy
  • Synthese
In the present article two possible meanings of the term “mathematical structure” are discussed: a formal and a nonformal one. It is claimed that contemporary mathematics is structural only in the nonformal sense of the term. Bourbaki's definition of structure is presented as one among several attempts to elucidate the meaning of that nonformal idea by developing a formal theory which allegedly accounts for it. It is shown that Bourbaki's concept of structure was, from a mathematical point of… 

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