### Abstract

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.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Mathematics: History, Concepts, and Foundations. |

Volume | http://www.eolss.net / Mathematical Sciences. |

Place of Publication | Oxford, UK |

Publisher | Eolss Publishers |

Publication date | 2005 |

Publication status | Published - 2005 |

Series | Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO. |
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## Cite this

Hansen, V. L. (2005). Mathematics Alive and in Action. In

*Mathematics: History, Concepts, and Foundations.*(Vol. http://www.eolss.net / Mathematical Sciences.). Eolss Publishers. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO.