History of Mathematics

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  • 24 Jun 2021
    Niccolò Guicciardini

    Anachronism(s) in the history of mathematics

    Debate concerning anachronism has long vexed historical interpretation. Forms of anachronism are often declared the greatest failure, almost a moral sin, that a historian can commit. Yet, many have spoken in favor of anachronism, considering it either as an inevitable, or even as a desirable feature of an historical work.

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  • 16 Sep 2019
    T. W. Körner

    Why write an entire book about numbers?

    In the century preceding the French Revolution advanced mathematics began to play a role in ordinary affairs. If you wanted to find the position of a ship at sea, design fortifications or price annuities, then you needed mathematics. In a process accelerated by the Revolution, first the French and then the German states set up […]

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  • 29 Mar 2019
    John Heard

    To what extent is the History of Mathematics a History?

    Mathematics rivals theology when it comes to ontological difficulties Mathematics rivals theology when it comes to ontological difficulties; consequently there are today three very different philosophical positions that can be taken. Platonists assert that there is an intangible but intelligible world of mathematical objects, and that the business of the mathematician is to explore this […]

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