In this volume, we show through detailed case studies, how the historiography of mathematics has been influenced by the contexts and motivations of its practitioners.1 The notion of historiography in the context of history of mathematics holds an important ambiguity: It can mean the history of mathematics or the methodology of the history of mathematics, and naturally these two are intimately related. As historians, we are situated in various discourses that shape the questions and methods involved in writing history of mathematics. Thus, in what follows, these two perspectives will frequently intersect and overlap.
Discussions about historiography of mathematics are necessarily multifaceted, and in this explorative volume, we cannot address all (or even most of) the pressing historiographical issues. Our interest lies in linking disciplinary and methodological changes in the history of mathematics to the wider cultural contexts of its practitioners, namely those doing history of...
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