The History of the History of Mathematics: Case Studies for the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries by Benjamin WardhaughThe History of the History of Mathematics: Case Studies for the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries by Benjamin Wardhaugh

The History of the History of Mathematics: Case Studies for the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and…

EditorBenjamin Wardhaugh

Paperback | January 18, 2012

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The writing of mathematical histories has a long history, one which has seldom received scholarly attention. Mathematical history, and mathematical biography, raise distinctive issues of method and approach to which different periods have responded in different ways. At a time of increasing interest in the history of mathematics, this book attempts to show something of the trajectory that history has taken in the past. It presents seven case studies illustrating the different ways that mathematical histories have been written since the seventeenth century, ranging from the ‘historia’ of John Wallis to the recent re-presentation of Thomas Harriot’s manuscripts online. It considers both the ways that individual reputations and biographies have been shaped differently in different circumstances, and the ways that the discipline of mathematics has itself been variously presented through the writing of its history.
Benjamin Wardhaugh is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, where he works on mathematics and its uses in early modern Britain; he has a particular interest in the use of mathematics in early modern music theory. He is the author of How to Read Historical Mathematics (2010).
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Title:The History of the History of Mathematics: Case Studies for the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents: Philip Beeley: The progress of Mathematick Learning: John Wallis as historian of mathematics – Benjamin Wardhaugh: ‘It must have commenced with mankind’: some ancient histories of arithmetic in eighteenth-century Britain – Rebekah Higgitt: The ‘epitome of intellectual sagacity’: Biographical treatments of Newton as a mathematician – Niccolò Guicciardini: The Quarrel on the Invention of the Calculus in Jean E. Montucla and Joseph Jérôme de Lalande, Histoire des Mathématiques (1758/1799-1802) – Adrian Rice: Vindicating Leibniz in the calculus priority dispute: The role of Augustus De Morgan – Henrik Kragh Sørensen: Reading Mittag-Leffler’s biography of Abel as an act of mathematical self-fashioning – Jacqueline Stedall: Thomas Harriot (1560-1621): history and historiography.

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«Benjamin Wardhaugh’s collection of case studies ranging over two centuries does a fine job of bringing to life this complex history. It also, implicitly, suggests a way forward at a time of renewed interest in the field: to overcome the insularity that has caused one leading member to refer to it as a ‘ghetto discipline’ the field must once again make itself relevant to studies of human life and culture.» (Amir Alexander, Metascience 05/2013)