Birkhäuser, Basel


276 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-39647-7

Trends in the History of Science

Historiography of mathematics in the 19th and 20th centuries

Edited by

Volker R. Remmert, Martina R. Schneider, Per Kragh-Sørensen

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 intheir 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 both

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.

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Remmert, V. R. , Schneider, M. , Kragh-Sørensen, P. (eds) (2016). Historiography of mathematics in the 19th and 20th centuries, Birkhäuser, Basel.

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