Mathematical Structures from Hilbert to Bourbaki: The Evolution of an Image of Mathematics

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Abstract

This book focuses on some of the major developments in the history of contemporary (19th and 20th century) mathematics as seen in the broader context of the development of science and culture. Avoiding technicalities, it displays the breadth of contrasting images of mathematics favoured by different countries, schools and historical movements, showing how the conception and practice of mathematics changed over time depending on the cultural and national context. Thus it provides an original perspective for embracing the richness and variety inherent in the development of mathematics. Attention is paid to the interaction of mathematics with themes whose proper treatment have been neglected by the traditional historiography of the discipline, such as the relationship between mathematics, statistics and medicine.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChanging images in mathematics
Subtitle of host publicationfrom the French Revolution to the new millennium
EditorsUmberto Bottazzini, Amy Dahan Dalmedico
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter8
Pages167-186
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)0415271185
StatePublished - 2001

Publication series

NameStudies in the history of science, technology, and medicine
Volume13

Keywords

  • Mathematics -- History -- 19th century
  • Mathematics -- History -- 20th century
  • מתמטיקה -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-20
  • الرياضيات -- التاريخ -- القرن الـ 20
  • מתמטיקה -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-19
  • الرياضيات -- التاريخ -- القرن الـ 19

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