# Biography:Mark Steiner

**Mark Steiner** (May 6, 1942 – April 6, 2020) was an American-born Israeli professor of philosophy. He taught philosophy of mathematics and physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Steiner died after contracting the COVID-19 virus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

## Biography

Mark Steiner was born in the Bronx, New York.^{[1]} He graduated from Columbia University 1965 and studied at the University of Oxford as a Fulbright Fellow. He then received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1972 after completing a doctoral dissertation titled "On mathematical knowledge."^{[2]}^{[3]} Steiner taught at Columbia from 1970–77.^{[3]}

Steiner died on April 6, 2020, in Shaare Zedek Medical Center, after contracting the COVID-19 virus during the COVID-19 pandemic.^{[4]}^{[5]}

## Academic career

Steiner is best known for his book *The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem*, in which he attempted to explain the historical utility of mathematics in physics. The book may be considered an extended meditation on the issues raised by Eugene Wigner's article *The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences*.^{[6]} Steiner is also the author of the book *Mathematical Knowledge*.

## References

- ↑ "Columbia College Today". https://www.college.columbia.edu/cct_archive/may05/forum.html. Retrieved Apr 7, 2020.
- ↑ https://catalog.princeton.edu/catalog/1655980
- ↑
^{3.0}^{3.1}"Columbia College Today". College.columbia.edu. https://www.college.columbia.edu/cct_archive/may05/forum.html. Retrieved 2020-04-08. - ↑ אדיר ינקו, 4 חולים נוספים מתו מקורונה – מניין הקורבנות עלה ל-55, April 6th, 2020, ynet
- ↑ Justin Weinberg, Mark Steiner (1942-2020), April 6th, 2020, Daily Nous
- ↑ "The Last Magic: Review of The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem by Mark Steiner (Harvard University Press,". https://billdembski.com/documents/1999.07.steiner_review.htm. Retrieved Apr 7, 2020.

## External links

Original source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Mark Steiner.
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