History of mathematics and history of science

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Mann, Tony (2011)
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1086/661626
  • Subject: QA

This essay argues that the diversity of the history of mathematics community in the United Kingdom has influenced the development of the subject and is a significant factor behind the different concerns often evident in work on the history of mathematics when compared with that of historians of science. The heterogeneous nature of the community, which includes many who are not specialist historians, and the limited opportunities for academic\ud careers open to practitioners have had a profound effect on the discipline, leading to a focus on elite mathematics and great mathematicians. More recently, reflecting earlier\ud developments in the history of science, an increased interest in the context and culture of the practice of mathematics has become evident.
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    4 D. M. Cannell, George Green: Mathematician and Physicist, 1793-1841: The Background to His Life and Work ([London]: Athlone, 1993).

    5 For the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive see http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.html.

    11 Patricia Fara, Newton: The Making of Genius (London: Macmillan, 2002); and Amir Alexander, Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 2010).

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