Mathematics in Society and History: Sociological Inquiries

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 30, 1992 - Education - 201 pages
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This is the first book by a sociologist devoted exclusively to a general sociology of mathematics. The author provides examples of different ways of thinking about mathematics sociologically. The survey of mathematical traditions covers ancient China, the Arabic-Islamic world, India, and Europe. Following the leads of classical social theorists such as Emile Durkheim, Restivo develops the idea that mathematical concepts and ideas are collective representations, and that it is mathematical communities that create mathematics, not individual mathematicians. The implications of the sociology of mathematics, and especially of pure mathematics, for a sociology of mind are also explored. In general, the author's objective is to explore, conjecture, suggest, and stimulate in order to introduce the sociological perspective on mathematics, and to broaden and deepen the still narrow, shallow path that today carries the sociology of mathematics. This book will interest specialists in the philosophy, history, and sociology of mathematics, persons interested in mathematics education, students of science and society, and people interested in current developments in the social and cultural analysis of science and mathematics.
 

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Contents

Mathematics and Culture
3
An introduction to Oswald Spenglers pioneering work on numbers
9
The Mathematics of Survival in China
23
From the legend of Yu the Great and the Lo River tortoise to the golden age
30
Indian Mathematics A History of Episodes
47
Mathematics and Renaissance in Japan
55
Conflict Social Change and Mathematics in Europe
61
African Mathematics and the Problem of Ethnos
89
Mathematics as Representation
99
Foundations of the Sociology of Pure Mathematics
129
The Social Relations of Pure Mathematics
149
BIBLIOGRAPHIC EPILOGUE
177
NAME INDEX
189
SUBJECT INDEX
195
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