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Defending Hypatia

Ramus, Savile, and the Renaissance Rediscovery of Mathematical History

Authors: Goulding, Robert

  • One of the very few English monographs on any aspect of Ramus’s intellectual program
  • Examines the life and work of Henry Savile, one of the pioneers of mathematical teaching at Oxford
  • Explains for the first time the origins of the fictitious biography of Euclid
  • Uncovers a hitherto unknown, but common Renaissance confusion about the history of Platonism
  • The only English monograph on Peter Ramus’s mathematical works
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About this book

Why should mathematics, the purest of sciences, have a history? Medieval mathematicians took little interest in the history of their discipline. Yet in the Renaissance the history of mathematics flourished. This book explores how Renaissance scholars recovered and reconstructed the origins of mathematics by tracing its invention in prehistoric Antiquity, its development by the Greeks, and its transmission to modern Europe via the works of Euclid, Theon and Proclus. The principal architects of this story -- the French philosopher and University of Paris reformer Peter Ramus, and his critic, the young Oxford astronomy lecturer Henry Savile – worked out diametrically opposed models for the development of the mathematical arts, models of historical progress and decline which mirrored each scholar’s larger convictions about the nature of mathematical thinking, the purpose of the modern university, and the potential of the human mind. In their hands, the obscure story of mathematical history became a site of contention over some of the most pressing philosophical and pedagogical debates of the sixteenth century.

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“Having read and enjoyed Goulding’s book, I realize how much I did not know about the histories of mathematics that were written and argued over in the sixteenth century. … I recommend this book as an enduring and intriguing contribution to scholarship. Defending Hypatia is an accomplished piece of scholarship which establishes significant conclusions about Renaissance histories of mathematics and, arguably, about the nature of history itself.” (Stephen Pumfrey, British Journal for the History of Science, June, 2012)

“Defending Hypatia is a valuable study contributing to our understanding of Renaissance historiography of mathematics … . Defending Hypatia is well researched and pleasingly written work. It broadens our understanding of Renaissance historiography of mathematics.” (Albrecht Heeffer, Aestimatio, Vol. 9, 2012)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Lineages of Learning

    Goulding, Robert

    Pages 1-18

  • Ramus and the History of Mathematics

    Goulding, Robert

    Pages 19-33

  • From Plato to Pythagoras: The Scholae mathematicae

    Goulding, Robert

    Pages 35-74

  • “To Bring Alexandria to Oxford:” Henry Savile’s 1570 Lectures on Ptolemy

    Goulding, Robert

    Pages 75-115

  • The Puzzling Lives of Euclid

    Goulding, Robert

    Pages 117-142

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-3542-4
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Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3214-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Defending Hypatia
Book Subtitle
Ramus, Savile, and the Renaissance Rediscovery of Mathematical History
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
25
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3542-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3542-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3541-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3214-8
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 5
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