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Mathematics and ethics. (English) Zbl 0706.01015
Es ist eine alte Frage, ob die rein mathematische Forschung mit Fragen der Ethik konfrontiert werden soll. Insbesondere seit der Mitwirkung bei der Atombombe und bei Raketen steht die Frage erneut im Vordergrund. Verf. verfolgt sie an zahlreichen Beispielen, u.a. am Beschluß der Am. Math. Soc. betreffend Projekt SDI, am Verhalten gegenüber der Öffentlichkeit, den Kollegen, den Studenten. Ferner auf die bezüglichen Probleme in der Nazi-Zeit und kommt zum Schluß: Wenn auch die reine mathematische Forschung keine ethischen Probleme aufwerfen sollte, so ist doch jedermann zu ethischem Verhalten seinen Mitmenschen gegenüber verpflichtet.
Reviewer: J.J.Burckhardt
MSC:
01A80 Sociology (and profession) of mathematics
Keywords:
militarism; weapons
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