Synthese

, Volume 133, Issue 1, pp 43–57

The History Of Applied Mathematics And The History Of Society

Authors

  • Michael Stolz
    • Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen Mathematisches Institut
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1020823608217

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Stolz, M. Synthese (2002) 133: 43. doi:10.1023/A:1020823608217

Abstract

Choosing the history of statistics and operations research as a casestudy, several ways of setting the development of 20th century appliedmathematics into a social context are discussed. It is shown that there isample common ground between these contextualizations and several recent research programs in general contemporary history. It is argued that a closer cooperation between general historians and historians ofmathematics might further the integration of the internalist andexternalist approaches within the historiography of mathematics.

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