This chapter addresses two main questions: What do mathematicians do? What is mathematics good for? With focus on recent times, a panorama of mathematical contributions to civilization is presented and the intellectual drive by which they were perceived is described.
|Title of host publication||Mathematics: History, Concepts, and Foundations.|
|Volume||http://www.eolss.net / Mathematical Sciences.|
|Place of Publication||Oxford, UK|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|Series||Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO.|