Deepens readers’ understanding of key developments in the historiography of mathematics over the past two centuries
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Part of the book series: Trends in the History of Science (TRENDSHISTORYSCIENCE)
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About this book
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 botha 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.
- historiography of mathematics
- cultural context
- 19th and 20th centuries
- history of mathematics
- historiography of ancient mathematics
- historiography of modern mathematics
Editors and Affiliations
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung (IZWT), Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany
Volker R. Remmert
Institut für Mathematik, AG Geschichte der Mathematik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Martina R. Schneider
Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Henrik Kragh Sørensen
Book Title: Historiography of Mathematics in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Editors: Volker R. Remmert, Martina R. Schneider, Henrik Kragh Sørensen
Series Title: Trends in the History of Science
Publisher: Birkhäuser Cham
eBook Packages: Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics (R0)
Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-39647-7Published: 09 December 2016
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-81931-0Published: 28 June 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-39649-1Published: 08 December 2016
Series ISSN: 2297-2951
Series E-ISSN: 2297-296X
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: X, 276
Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
Topics: History of Mathematical Sciences, History of Science