author={Karl-Dieter Crisman},
  journal={The American Mathematical Monthly},
  pages={667 - 672}
You might not conclude from a standard calculus textbook that mathematics and the divine have any particular connection. A few examples might come to mind to Monthly readers, like Ramanujan’s famous quote, “An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God,” or Kronecker’s “Die ganzen Zahlen hat der liebe Gott gemacht, alles andere ist Menschenwerk.” The idea of the Pythagoreans apparently worshiping the concept of number, as long as you limit yourself to positive integers… Expand


Words and Pictures: New Light on Plimpton 322
  • E. Robson
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
  • Am. Math. Mon.
  • 2002
In this paper, Plimpton 322 is discussed, one of the world's most famous ancient mathematical artefacts, and the ways in which studying ancient mathematics is, or should be, different from researching modern mathematics are explored. Expand
Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions
WE live in an age of adventure. Men are ready to join in expeditions to the North Pole or to the interior of the African continent, yet we will venture to say that the work before us describes a vastExpand
Mathematicians and their Gods: Interactions between mathematics and religious beliefs
1. Introduction 2. The Pythagoreans: Number and Numerology 3. Divine light 4. Kepler and his Trinitarian Cosmology 5. The Lull before the storm: combinatorics in the Renaissance 6. MysticalExpand
Biblical Games: Game Theory and the Hebrew Bible
In this unusual book, first published by The MIT Press in 1980 and now updated with a new chapter, Steven Brams applies the mathematical theory of games to the Hebrew Bible. Brams's thesis is thatExpand
The History of Mathematics: A Brief Course
Preface to the Second Edition. PART 1: THE WORLD OF MATHEMATICS AND THE MATHEMATICS OF THE WORLD. Chapter 1. The Origin and Prehistory of Mathematics. Chapter 2. Mathematical Cultures I. Chapter 3.Expand
Game Theory and the Humanities - Bridging Two Worlds
Steven Brams's strategic exegesis of texts helps the reader relate characters' goals to their choices and the consequences of those choices, and the reader gains not just new insights into the actions of certain literary and historical characters but also a larger strategic perspective on the choices that make us human. Expand
Orphans in mediterranean antiquity and early Christianity
This article provides an overview of the problem of orphans in the ancient Mediterranean world and identifies ways in which various societies acknowledged orphans’ plight and sought to address it.Expand
The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities
This paper presents a meta-analysis of the design inference ofcomplexity theory and its applications in the context of discrete-time reinforcement learning. Expand
The Fourth Dimension and the Bible
Reviewed work: Superior Beings: If They Exist
  • How Would We Know? by Steven J. Brams. Amer. Math. Monthly
  • 1987