Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Mathematics in Latin America, History

  • Clara H. Sánchez
  • Víctor Albis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_1290
The history of mathematics in Latin American countries is a very recent area of research D’Ambrosio & Selin ( 2001). Most of this research has been carried out since the 1960s and continues today with exceptional vigor. In general, it has been done by mathematicians who have a particular and deep interest in the history of the development of mathematics in their own countries. This activity has lead to the creation of specialized journals in the region such as Revista Latinoamericana de Historia de las Ciencias y las Técnicas, Mathesis, and the Revista Brasileira da Histôria da Matemática. Research results have been published in these journals as well as in other journals such as Historia Mathematica, Llull, and journals of national academies or mathematical societies. Some national and international associations have also appeared to organize and cement these activities. However, it is worthwhile to note that a technical report on the contribution of Latin America to world mathematics...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de MatemáticasUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaBogotáColombia