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History of mathematics and history of science

History of mathematics and history of science

Mann, Tony (2011) History of mathematics and history of science. Isis, 102 (3). pp. 518-526. ISSN 0021-1753 (Print), 1545-6994 (Online) (doi:10.1086/661626)

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Abstract

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
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
developments in the history of science, an increased interest in the context and culture of the practice of mathematics has become evident.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Invited essay for a special issue of Isis - definitive version of paper published in: Mann, Tony (2011) History of mathematics and history of science. Isis, 102 (3). pp. 518-526. ISSN 0021-1753 (print), 1545-6994 (electronic). [2] ISIS is published by The University of Chicago Press on behalf of The History of Science Society.
Uncontrolled Keywords: history of mathematics, history of science, research communities, research support
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6971

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