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Comprehending the connection of things

Bernhard Riemann and the architecture of mathematical concepts

Arkady Plotnitsky

pp. 329-363

This chapter is an essay on the conceptual nature of Riemann's thinking and its impact, as conceptual thinking, on mathematics, physics, and philosophy. In order to fully appreciate the revolutionary nature of this thinking and of Riemann's practice of mathematics, one must, this chapter argues, rethink the nature of mathematical or scientific concepts in Riemann and beyond. The chapter will attempt to do so with the help of Deleuze and Guattari's concept of philosophical concept. The chapter will argue that a fundamentally analogous concept of concept is also applicable in mathematics and science, specifically and most pertinently to Riemann, in physics, and that this concept is exceptionally helpful and even necessary for understanding Riemann's thinking and practice, and creative mathematical and scientific thinking and practice in general.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60039-0_11

Full citation:

Plotnitsky, A. (2017)., Comprehending the connection of things: Bernhard Riemann and the architecture of mathematical concepts, in L. Ji, A. Papadopoulos & S. Yamada (eds.), From Riemann to differential geometry and relativity, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 329-363.

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