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Book Information:

Author: Penelope Maddy
Title: Realism in mathematics
Additional book information: Oxford University Press, London, 1993, ix + 204 pp., US$19.95. ISBN 0-19-824035-X.

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Review Information:

Reviewer: Morris W. Hirsch
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 32 (1995), 137-148