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Dirk van Dalen

Dirk van Dalen

Dirk van Dalen (born 20 December 1932, Amsterdam) is a Dutch mathematician and historian of science.

Van Dalen studied mathematics and physics and astronomy at the University of Amsterdam. Inspired by the work of Brouwer and Heyting, he received his Ph.D. in 1963 from the University of Amsterdam for the thesis Extension problems in intuitionistic plane Projective geometry.[1] From 1964 to 1966 Van Dalen taught logic and mathematics at MIT, and later Oxford. From 1967 he was professor at the University of Utrecht. In 2003 Dirk van Dalen was awarded the Academy Medal 2003 of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences for bringing the works of Brouwer to international attention.[2]


As (co-)author

  • Fraenkel, Abraham; Bar-Hillel, Yehoshua; Levy, Azriel; — (1973) [1958]. Foundations of Set Theory. Studies in Logic and Foundations of Mathematics. Vol. 67 (2nd revised ed.). Amsterdam: North Holland Publishing. ISBN 9780080887050.
  • —; Doets, H.C.; De Swart, H.C.M. (1975). Verzamelingen - naïef, axiomatisch en toegepast (in Dutch). Utrecht: Oosthoek, Scheltema & Holkema. p. 364. ISBN 9789031300587.
  • — (1978). Filosofische grondslagen van de Wiskunde. Terreinverkenningen in de filosofie (in Dutch). Vol. 4. Assen: Van Gorcum. ISBN 90-232-1540-0.
  • — (1982). "Braucht die konstruktive Mathematik Grundlagen?". Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung (in German). 84. Berlin: G. Reimer: 57–78. ISSN 0012-0456.
  1. Volume 1. Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics; 121. ISBN 0-444-70266-0.
  2. Volume 2. Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics; 123. 1988. ISBN 0-444-70358-6.
  • — (2002). L.E.J. Brouwer (1881-1966). Een Biografie. Het heldere licht der wiskunde (in Dutch). Amsterdam: Bert Bakker. p. 561. ISBN 9789035124820.
  1. The dawning revolution. 2002 [1999]. ISBN 0-19-850297-4.
  2. Dalen, Dirk van (2005). Hope and desillusion. Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0-19-851620-0.
  • — (2005). L.E.J. Brouwer en de Grondslagen van de Wiskunde (in Dutch). Utrecht: Epsilon. p. 209. ISBN 9789050410939.

As (co-)editor

  • —, ed. (2011). The selected correspondence of L. E. J. Brouwer. Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences. London: Springer Verlag. ISBN 978-0-85729-527-9.


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