Archimedes

A Mathematician's Journeys

Otto Neugebauer and Modern Transformations of Ancient Science

Editors: Jones, Alexander, Proust, Christine, Steele, John M. (Eds.)

  • The first major study of the 20th century's most influential historian of science and his impact.
  • New perspectives on the mathematical community in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Explores how our understanding of ancient mathematics and astronomy has evolved since the late 19th century.
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This book explores facets of Otto Neugebauer's career, his impact on the history and practice of mathematics, and the ways in which his legacy has been preserved or transformed in recent decades, looking ahead to the directions in which the study of the history of science will head in the twenty-first century. Neugebauer, more than any other scholar of recent times, shaped the way we perceive premodern science. Through his scholarship and influence on students and collaborators, he inculcated both an approach to historical research on ancient and medieval mathematics and astronomy through precise mathematical and philological study of texts, and a vision of these sciences as systems of knowledge and method that spread outward from the ancient Near Eastern civilizations, crossing cultural boundaries and circulating over a tremendous geographical expanse of the Old World from the Atlantic to India.


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“To anyone who is interested in Neugebauer’s life and work (about which information is not always easy to obtain), with any of the current state of the fields to which Neugebauer so fruitfully contributed, A Mathematician’s Journeys provides a collection of chapters that highlight various aspects of Neugebauer’s life, work, and the historical subjects in which Neugebauer was interested … . this volume offers a rich variety of information on the life and works of Otto Neugebauer.” (Annette Imhausen, London Mathematical Newsletter (LMS), newsletter.lms.ac.uk, Issue 467, March, 2017)

“The editors Alexander Jones, Christine Proust, and John Steele are to be congratulated … on a volume filled with new and incisive observations on the twentieth century’s central figure in the history of ancient mathematical and mathematical astronomical science. Each paper serves to illustrate a facet of the transformative effect on the study of ancient science of Neugebauer’s research. A Mathematician’s Journeys is a must read for anyone interested in the historiography of ancient science since the late nineteenth century.” (Francesca Rochberg, Journal for the History of Astronomy, Vol. 48 (3), 2017) 


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • From Graz to Göttingen: Neugebauer’s Early Intellectual Journey

    Rowe, David E.

    Pages 1-59

  • “Not in Possession of Any Weltanschauung”: Otto Neugebauer’s Flight from Nazi Germany and His Search for Objectivity in Mathematics, in Reviewing, and in History

    Siegmund-Schultze, Reinhard

    Pages 61-106

  • Otto Neugebauer’s Visits to Copenhagen and His Connection to Denmark

    Brack-Bernsen, Lis

    Pages 107-126

  • Otto Neugebauer and Ancient Egypt

    Ritter, Jim

    Pages 127-163

  • As the Outsider Walked in the Historiography of Mesopotamian Mathematics Until Neugebauer

    Høyrup, Jens

    Pages 165-195

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Mathematician's Journeys
Book Subtitle
Otto Neugebauer and Modern Transformations of Ancient Science
Editors
  • Alexander Jones
  • Christine Proust
  • John M. Steele
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
45
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-25865-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-25865-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-25863-8
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 342
Number of Illustrations and Tables
54 illustrations in colour
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