History of Mathematics |

**In General**

* __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__: The great
French mathematicians were P de Fermat, R Descartes and B Pascal; G W Leibniz's invention of calculus.

* __1900s__: Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's last theorem.

**Specific Areas** > s.a. algebraic topology; calculus
of variations; differential equations; knot theory; series.

@ __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.

**References**

@ __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).

@ __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].

@ __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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