Do we need numbers?


What use are mathematics? To answer that question accurately one would have to use, well, mathematics. From enabling traffic lights to function, to providing the answers to your internet searches, our world today is structured by sums and to fully understand it we need to do the maths, says mathematical philosopher Stefan Buijsman. In his new book he also questions whether or not we can live a happy life without numbers and tells us that in very, very small communities this is possible. Buijsman joined us for Perspective.


"Un café avec Archimède" ("A coffee with Archimedes") is out now in French. It's also available in English under the title "Pluses and Minuses: How Math Solves Our Problems".

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