Publication details [#1980]

Auslander, Joseph. 2001. Review of 'Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics into Being', by George Lakoff and Rafael E. Núñez, xviii + 493 pp. Basic Books, 2000. $30. Kształcenie Językowe July-August 2001. URL


It may be that metaphors don't play a central role in formulating more advanced mathematical concepts, or that if they do, they will need to be of a different nature than those used in more elementary mathematics. Mathematical concepts, once they are developed, acquire a life of their own and are dealt with directly. It's difficult for me to conceive of a metaphor for a real number raised to a complex power, but if there is one, I'd sure like to see it. (Joseph Auslander)