The Last Mathematician from Hilbert's Göttingen: Saunders Mac Lane as Philosopher of Mathematics

  title={The Last Mathematician from Hilbert's G{\"o}ttingen: Saunders Mac Lane as Philosopher of Mathematics},
  author={Colin McLarty},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={77 - 112}
  • C. McLarty
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
While Saunders Mac Lane studied for his D.Phil in Göttingen, he heard David Hilbert's weekly lectures on philosophy, talked philosophy with Hermann Weyl, and studied it with Moritz Geiger. Their philosophies and Emmy Noether's algebra all influenced his conception of category theory, which has become the working structure theory of mathematics. His practice has constantly affirmed that a proper large-scale organization for mathematics is the most efficient path to valuable specific results… 
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