A Richer Picture of Mathematics

The Göttingen Tradition and Beyond

Authors: Rowe, David

  • Presents a diverse selection of previously published essays on the history of mathematics
  • Covers topics ranging from ancient Greek mathematics to modern relativistic cosmology
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Historian David E. Rowe captures the rich tapestry of mathematical creativity in this collection of essays from the “Years Ago” column of The Mathematical Intelligencer. With topics ranging from ancient Greek mathematics to modern relativistic cosmology, this collection conveys the impetus and spirit of Rowe’s various and many-faceted contributions to the history of mathematics. Centered on the Göttingen mathematical tradition, these stories illuminate important facets of mathematical activity often overlooked in other accounts. 
Six sections place the essays in chronological and thematic order, beginning with new introductions that contextualize each section. The essays that follow recount episodes relating to the section’s overall theme. All of the essays in this collection, with the exception of two, appeared over the course of more than 30 years in The Mathematical Intelligencer. Based largely on archival and primary sources, these vignettes offer unusual insights into behind-the-scenes events. Taken together, they aim to show how Göttingen managed to attract an extraordinary array of talented individuals, several of whom contributed to the development of a new mathematical culture during the first decades of the twentieth century. 

About the authors

David E. Rowe is professor emeritus for history of mathematics and natural sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He studied mathematics (Ph.D. 1981) and history of science (M.A. 1980) at the University of Oklahoma and then took a second doctorate in history at the CUNY Graduate Center, while teaching for ten years at Pace University in New York. Rowe spent two years in Göttingen as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and much of his research relates to the Göttingen mathematical tradition. He has written or edited over 100 books and articles and has been invited to lecture at many institutions throughout Europe and North America. With Robert Schulmann he co-edited the sourcebook Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb, Princeton, 2007.

Table of contents (38 chapters)

  • Introduction to Part I

    Rowe, David E.

    Pages 3-18

  • On Gauss and Gaussian Legends: A Quiz

    Rowe, David E.

    Pages 19-28

  • Gauss, Dirichlet, and the Law of Biquadratic Reciprocity

    Rowe, David E.

    Pages 29-39

  • Episodes in the Berlin-Göttingen Rivalry, 1870–1930

    Rowe, David E.

    Pages 41-49

  • Deine Sonia: A Reading from a Burned Letter by Reinhard Bölling, Translated by D. E. Rowe

    Rowe, David E.

    Pages 51-56

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eBook $129.00
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Hardcover $169.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Richer Picture of Mathematics
Book Subtitle
The Göttingen Tradition and Beyond
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67819-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67819-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-67818-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 461
Number of Illustrations and Tables
133 b/w illustrations, 72 illustrations in colour
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