Mathematical Analogy and Metaphorical Insight

Zwicky, Jan
March 2006
Mathematical Intelligencer;Spring2006, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p4
Academic Journal
The article examines the similarities between metaphors and mathematical analogies. Testimonies from poets and mathematicians are provided to support the concept that there is a significant relationship between metaphors and analogies in mathematics. It is proposed that a good metaphor alters the way we see the world because it is not mere linguistic fiction but is in a certain sense true.


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