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The evolving historiography of mathematics

in** The History of Mathematics**

February 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Mathematics. 1606 words.

‘The evolving historiography of mathematics’ looks at how the questions asked by historians have changed and diversified. It is not enough to ask who discovered what and when. We also want...

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Getting inside mathematics

in** The History of Mathematics**

February 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Mathematics. 5103 words.

Who invented algebra? Who invented calculus? ‘Getting inside mathematics’ looks at the possible answers to these questions alongside the introduction of mathematical notation and the...

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The History of Mathematics

February 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Mathematics. 144 pages.

The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction is arranged thematically to exemplify the varied contexts in which people have learned, used, and handed on mathematics. Using...

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How are mathematical ideas disseminated?

in** The History of Mathematics**

February 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Mathematics. 4973 words.

‘How are mathematical ideas disseminated?’ considers how mathematical ideas are passed from one person to another, from one culture to another, or from one generation to another. Reading...

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Learning mathematics

in** The History of Mathematics**

February 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Mathematics. 5983 words.

Why learn mathematics? A study of what has been taught, and how, reveals a good deal about what aspects of mathematics have been regarded as relevant, and for what purposes. ‘Learning...

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Mathematical livelihoods

in** The History of Mathematics**

February 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Mathematics. 5681 words.

Over the centuries, there have been significant changes in the ways that mathematicians have been employed. A modern mathematician is very likely to work in education, finance, or industry,...

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Mathematics: myth and history

in** The History of Mathematics**

February 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Mathematics. 5210 words.

‘Mathematics: myth and history’ considers some well-known names in the field of mathematics: Pythagoras, Euclid, Diophantus, Pierre de Fermat, Leonhard Euler, and Andrew Wiles, the man you...

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What is mathematics and who is a mathematician?

in** The History of Mathematics**

February 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Mathematics. 4161 words.

‘What is mathematics and who is a mathematician?’ questions the meaning and use of the terms based on the Greek mathemata, which simply meant ‘what has been learned’. The history of...