Mathematics and the Historian's Craft: The Kenneth O. May Lectures

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 14, 2005 - Mathematics - 357 pages
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This book brings together for the first time the Kenneth May Lectures that were given at the annual meetings of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics. All contributions are of high scholarly value, yet accessible to an audience with a wide range of interests. They provide a historian's perspective on mathematical developments and deal with a variety of topics covering Greek applied mathematics, the mathematics and science of Leonhard Euler, mathematical modeling and phenomena in ancient astronomy, Turing and the origins of artificial intelligence to name only a few.
 

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Contents

History or Heritage? An Important Distinction in Mathematics and for Mathematics Education
7
Ptolemys Mathematical Models and their Meaning
23
Mathematics Instruments and Navigation 16001800
43
Was Newtons Calculus a Dead End? The Continental Influence of Maclaurins Treatise of Fluxions
57
The Mathematics and Science of Leonhard Euler 17071783
81
Mathematics in Canada before 1945 A Preliminary Survey
141
The Emergence of the American Mathematical Research Community
183
19th Century Logic Between Philosophy and Mathematics
203
The Battle for Cantorian Set Theory
221
Hilbert and his TwentyFour Problems
243
Turing and the Origins of AI
297
Mathematics and Gender Some CrossCultural Observations
329
Index
347
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