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Mathematics in nineteenth-century America : the Bowditch generation

Author: Todd Timmons
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Docent Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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The first third of the nineteenth century was the formative period for American mathematics: Nathaniel Bowditch emerged as a leader with an international reputation; American scientific journals began publishing mathematical papers; and American mathematicians began to turn away from the British-dominated mathematical philosophy of their past and to turn towards the modern mathematical approach as represented by the  Read more...
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Named Person: Nathaniel Bowditch; Benjamin Peirce; David Rittenhouse; Jeremiah Day; John Farrar; Charles Davies; Theodore Strong; Benjamin Silliman; Robert Adrain
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Todd Timmons
ISBN: 9780988744936 0988744937
OCLC Number: 858441845
Description: vii, 271 p. : ill.
Contents: 1. A foundational period : 1.1 One hundred years of American mathematics --
1.2 The Bowditch generation --
1.3 The Peirce generation --
1.4 American mathematics in context --
1.5 Precursor to community. 2. The Post-Colonial Generation : 2.1 The role of colleges in the development of American science --
2.2 Prospects for American science --
2.3 Physical science versus natural history --
2.4 David Rittenhouse --
2.5 The changing face of American science --
2.6 Mathematics in America. 3. Prosopographical Analysis : 3.1 Survey of publications --
3.2 Major figures in early American mathematics --
3.3 Mixed mathematics in American journals --
3.4 Pure mathematics in American journals. 4. Nathaniel Bowditch : 4.1 Early life --
4.2 The New American Practical Navigator --
4.3 Bowditch and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences --
4.4 Translation of Laplace's Mécanique Céleste. 5. Making Connections : 5.1 The Transactions of the American Philosophical Society --
5.2 The Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences --
5.3 The American Journal of Science and Arts --
5.4 The Calculus Question : Differentials or fluxions, synthesis or analysis? --
5.5 Early mathematical journals. 6. The French Connection : 6.1 French influence on American science --
6.2 British versus French : conflicting mathematical styles --
6.3 The Influence of Jeremiah Day --
6.4 Pioneer of the translation movement : John Farrar --
6.5 Charles Davies and West Point : emulating the École Polytechnique --
6.6 Contributing factors to the adoption of a new system of mathematics. Bibliography: A. Mathematical content of American journals --
B. Contributions to American mathematics journals --
B.1 American Journal of Science and Arts --
B.2 Transactions of the American Philosophical Society --
B.3 Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences --
C. Mathematicians in American science journals --
D. John Farrar's Cambridge Course of Mathematics.
Other Titles: Bowditch generation
Responsibility: Todd Timmons.

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The first third of the nineteenth century was the formative period for American mathematics: Nathaniel Bowditch emerged as a leader with an international reputation; American scientific journals began publishing mathematical papers; and American mathematicians began to turn away from the British-dominated mathematical philosophy of their past and to turn towards the modern mathematical approach as represented by the French textbook authors. Each of these factors contributed to a work-in-progress as American mathematicians struggled to build a foundation upon which a research community would form. This book traces the development of that that foundation.

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