|History of Mathematics|
* And history of science: Up until the 1950s, the history of mathematics was an integral part of the history of science; Mathematics was considered the rational skeleton that organized science and held it together, and its history was a fundamental component of the broader history of science; When historians began focusing on the cultural roots of science rather than its rational structure, the study of mathematics was marginalized and ultimately excluded from the history of science, to the detriment of both.
* 1600s: 1631, The first fully symbolic, recognizably modern algebra textbook (Thomas Harriot's Artis Analyticae Praxis); 1637, René Descartes' La Géometrie took symbolic algebra further (and introduced the x, y notation); The +, −, = and × signs came into widespread use; 1660s and 1670s, Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz independently developed calculus (Newton used the notation \(\dot y\), while Leibniz introduced the notation dx for a 'differential' and dy/dx –or dy:dx–, but the concept of infinitesimal was only made precise in the 1800s)s; The great French mathematicians were P de Fermat, R Descartes and B Pascal.
* 1900s: Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's last theorem.
> s.a. algebraic topology; calculus of
variations; differential equations; knot theory;
@ Mathematical physics: Netz PT(00)jun [Archimedes]; Warwick 03 [Cambridge]; Knox & Noakes ed-03 [Lucasian Professors].
@ Other areas: McLarty BJPS(90) [topos theory].
> Geometry: see differential geometry; geometry; symplectic geometry.
@ General: Alexander Isis(11), Gray Isis(11), Mann Isis(11) [and history of science].
@ Books: Van Heijenoort 67 [logic]; Struik 67; Kline 80; Burton 85; Newman ed-88; Motz & Weaver 93 [science-motivated]; Rudman 07 [popularization, r PT(08)jul]; Robson & Stedall 09 [handbook]; Grant & Kleiner 15 [turning points].
@ Books, special emphasis: Coolidge 90 [amateurs]; Anglin 94 [and philosophy]; Corry 04 [algebra and abstract structures, r Isis(09)#2].
@ And culture: Ascher 91; Ascher 02 [other cultures].
@ Mathematicians: Halmos 87 [pictures]; Peterson 98; Monastyrsky 99 [Riemann]; Sinai ed-03 [Russian, XX century]; Albers & Alexanderson 08 [interviews and profiles]; Tent 08 [Gauss]; Chang 10 [academic genealogy]; Brown 12 [Leibniz and the calculus]; Mauldin 15 [discussions and problems from the Scottish Café].
@ Personal accounts: Ulam 76; Halmos 85; Quine 85; Kac 87; Bollobás 06.
@ Specific topics: Rothman a1308 [the cubic equation and the Cardano-Tartaglia Great Feud]; Mazur 14 [mathematical notation]; Rothman et al MI(15); blog cosmos(20)jan [symbolic notation].
@ Specific places: Fiske BAMS(1905) [in America]; Parshall BAMS(00) [in America]; Christianidis ed-04 [Greek mathematics]; Friberg 05 [Egyptian and Babylonian]; Graham & Kantor Isis(06) [approaches, France and Russia]; in Padmanabhan & Padmanabhan 19 [calculus in India before Leibniz and Newton].
@ Specific periods: Pierpont BAMS(1904) [XIX century]; Milka EJC(10) [geometry theorems proved by ancient civilizations].
@ Selected writings: Hawking ed-05.
# Mathematicians: Brauer, Cantor, Chevalley, Courant, Gauss, Hilbert, Klein, Lie, Noether, Riemann.
Online Resources > see St-Andrews MacTutor History of Mathematics archive; Internet Encyclopedia of Science pages.
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