From Past to Future: Graßmann's Work in Context

Graßmann Bicentennial Conference, September 2009

Editors: Petsche, H.-J., Lewis, A.C., Liesen, J., Russ, S. (Eds.)

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On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Hermann Graßmann (1809-1877), an interdisciplinary conference was held in Potsdam, Germany, and in Graßmann's hometown Szczecin, Poland. The idea of the conference was to present a multi-faceted picture of Graßmann, and to uncover the complexity of the factors that were responsible for his creativity. The conference demonstrated not only the very influential reception of his work at the turn of the 20th century, but also the unexpected modernity of his ideas, and their continuing development in the 21st century. 

This book contains 37 papers presented at the conference. They investigate the significance of Graßmann's work for philosophical as well as for scientific and methodological questions, for comparative philology in general and for Indology in particular, for psychology, physiology, religious studies, musicology, didactics, and, last but not least, mathematics. In addition, the book contains numerous illustrations and English translations of original sources, which are published here for the first time. These include life histories of Graßmann (written by his son Justus) and of his brother Robert (written by Robert himself), as well as the paper "On the concept and extent of pure theory of number'' by Justus Graßmann (the father).

In November 2010 the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg (Germany) chose the Graßmann Conference as the first-time winner of the Potsdam Conference-Award in the category "Innovative and/or exceptional events".

Table of contents (38 chapters)

  • Description of the life of Hermann Grassmann by his son Justus Grassmann, probably written shortly after the death of his father, 1877

    Petsche, Hans-Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 3-8

  • Life history of Robert Grassmann, written by himself (1890)

    Petsche, Hans-Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 9-16

  • Discovering Robert Grassmann (1815–1901)

    Grattan-Guinness, Ivor

    Pages 19-35

  • Hermann Grassmann’s theory of religion and faith

    Hafner, Johann Ev.

    Pages 37-47

  • The Significance of Naturphilosophie for Justus and Hermann Grassmann

    Heuser, Marie-Luise

    Pages 49-59

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Past to Future: Graßmann's Work in Context
Book Subtitle
Graßmann Bicentennial Conference, September 2009
Editors
  • Hans-Joachim Petsche
  • Albert C. Lewis
  • Jörg Liesen
  • Steve Russ
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-0346-0405-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0346-0405-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-0346-0404-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-0348-0738-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 580
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