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Oswald Spengler
(29 May 1880 - 8 May 1936)

German philosopher of history whose significant work Der Untergang des Abendlandes (The Decline of the West, 1918-1922)was a major contribution to social theory. His interests ranged from interests included mathematics and science, to art.

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The mathematic, then, is an art. As such it has its styles and style periods. It is not, as the layman and the philosopher (who is in this matter a layman too) imagine, substantially unalterable, but subject like every art to unnoticed changes form epoch to epoch. The development of the great arts ought never to be treated without an (assuredly not unprofitable) side-glance at contemporary mathematics.
— Oswald Spengler
In Oswald Spengler and Charles Francis Atkinson (trans.), The Decline of the West (1926), 62.
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