Mathematics Unbound: The Evolution of an International Mathematical Research Community, 1800-1945

American Mathematical Soc., 2002 - 406 pàgines
Although today's mathematical research community takes its international character very much for granted, this 'global nature' is relatively recent, having evolved over a period of roughly 150 years - from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century. During this time, the practice of mathematics changed from being centered on a collection of disparate national communities to being characterized by an international group of scholars for whom the goal of mathematical research and cooperation transcended national boundaries.Yet, the development of an international community was far from smooth and involved obstacles such as war, political upheaval, and national rivalries. Until now, this evolution has been largely overlooked by historians and mathematicians alike. This book addresses the issue by bringing together essays by twenty experts in the history of mathematics who have investigated the genesis of today's international mathematical community. This includes not only developments within component national mathematical communities, such as the growth of societies and journals, but also more wide-ranging political, philosophical, linguistic, and pedagogical issues. The resulting volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of modern mathematics. It will be of interest to mathematicians, historians of mathematics, and historians of science in general.

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International participation in Liouvilles Journal de mathématiques pures et appliquées
The effects of war on Frances international role in mathematics 18701914
Photo of Charles Hermite
Charles Hermite and German mathematics in France
Photo of MittagLeffler
Gösta MittagLeffler and the foundation and administration of Acta Mathematica
The case of Cesare Arzelà at Bologna
The Circolo matematico di Palermo
Individuals and institutions in the emergence of a modern mathematical community in China
ChineseU S mathematical relations 18591949
The case of Leonard Dickson
An overview and two case studies
War refugees and the creation of an international mathematical community
The formation of the international mathematical union
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Languages for mathematics and the language of mathematics in a world of nations
The emergence of the Japanese mathematical community in the modern western style 18551945

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