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Trends in the History of Science

Historiography of Mathematics in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Editors: Remmert, Volker R., Schneider, Martina, Kragh Sørensen, Henrik (Eds.)

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  • Deepens readers’ understanding of key developments in the historiography of mathematics over the past two centuries

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This book addresses the historiography of mathematics as it was practiced during the 19th and 20th centuries by paying special attention to the cultural contexts in which the history of mathematics was written.

In the 19th century, the history of mathematics was recorded by a diverse range of people trained in various fields and driven by different motivations and aims. These backgrounds often shaped not only their writing on the history of mathematics, but, in some instances, were also influential in their subsequent reception.

During the period from roughly 1880-1940, mathematics modernized in important ways, with regard to its content, its conditions for cultivation, and its identity; and the writing of the history of mathematics played into the last part in particular.

Parallel to the modernization of mathematics, the history of mathematics gradually evolved into a field of research with its own journals, societies and academic positions. Reflecting both

a new professional identity and changes in its primary audience, various shifts of perspective in the way the history of mathematics was and is written can still be observed to this day. Initially concentrating on major internal, universal developments in certain sub-disciplines of mathematics, the field gradually gravitated towards a focus on contexts of knowledge production involving individuals, local practices, problems, communities, and networks.

The goal of this book is to link these disciplinary and methodological changes in the history of mathematics to the broader cultural contexts of its practitioners, namely the historians of mathematics during the period in question.

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“This book appears in a series called 'Trends in the History of Science' that is devoted to papers produced in workshops and conferences … . Every practitioner should read this book, as should all those who teach history of mathematics, whether out of avocational interest or because their department compels them to.” (Tom Archibald, ISIS, Vol. 109 (2), June, 2018)

“The editors have compiled eleven articles with the aim of showing ‘through detailed case studies how the historiography of mathematics has been influenced by the contexts and motivations of its practitioners.’ … Each article can be read independently of the rest. … Professional historians and mathematicians with a curiosity about the work of historians will find much of interest here.” (Daniel J. Curtin, MAA Reviews, maa.org, July, 2017)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introductory Remarks

    Pages 1-8

    Remmert, Volker R. (et al.)

  • The History of Mathematics in the Progress of Mankind. Modifying the Narrative Around 1800

    Pages 9-23

    Bullynck, Maarten

  • Practicing History of Mathematics in Islamicate Societies in 19th-Century Germany and France

    Pages 25-52

    Brentjes, Sonja

  • Mesopotamian Mathematics, Seen “from the Inside” (by Assyriologists) and “from the Outside” (by Historians of Mathematics)

    Pages 53-78

    Høyrup, Jens

  • Appropriating Role Models for the Mathematical Profession: Biographies in the American Mathematical Monthly Around 1900

    Pages 79-108

    Sørensen, Henrik Kragh

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Historiography of Mathematics in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Editors
  • Volker R. Remmert
  • Martina Schneider
  • Henrik Kragh Sørensen
Series Title
Trends in the History of Science
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39649-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39649-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39647-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81931-0
Series ISSN
2297-2951
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 276
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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