Parshall, Karen Hunger 1955
Overview
Works:  26 works in 122 publications in 1 language and 2,862 library holdings 

Genres:  History Records and correspondence Biography Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles:  Author, Editor 
Classifications:  QA29.S96, 510.92 
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by
Karen Hunger Parshall
Taming the unknown : a history of algebra from antiquity to the early twentieth century by
Victor J Katz(
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)
13 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is algebra? For some, it is an abstract language of x's and y's. For mathematics majors and professional mathematicians, it is a world of axiomatically defined constructs like groups, rings, and fields. Taming the Unknown considers how these two seemingly different types of algebra evolved and how they relate. Victor Katz and Karen Parshall explore the history of algebra, from its roots in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, China, and India, through its development in the medieval Islamic world and medieval and early modern Europe, to its modern form in the early twentieth century. Defining algebra originally as a collection of techniques for determining unknowns, the authors trace the development of these techniques from geometric beginnings in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and classical Greece. They show how similar problems were tackled in Alexandrian Greece, in China, and in India, then look at how medieval Islamic scholars shifted to an algorithmic stage, which was further developed by medieval and early modern European mathematicians. With the introduction of a flexible and operative symbolism in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, algebra entered into a dynamic period characterized by the analytic geometry that could evaluate curves represented by equations in two variables, thereby solving problems in the physics of motion. This new symbolism freed mathematicians to study equations of degrees higher than two and three, ultimately leading to the present abstract era. Taming the Unknown follows algebra's remarkable growth through different epochs around the globe
13 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is algebra? For some, it is an abstract language of x's and y's. For mathematics majors and professional mathematicians, it is a world of axiomatically defined constructs like groups, rings, and fields. Taming the Unknown considers how these two seemingly different types of algebra evolved and how they relate. Victor Katz and Karen Parshall explore the history of algebra, from its roots in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, China, and India, through its development in the medieval Islamic world and medieval and early modern Europe, to its modern form in the early twentieth century. Defining algebra originally as a collection of techniques for determining unknowns, the authors trace the development of these techniques from geometric beginnings in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and classical Greece. They show how similar problems were tackled in Alexandrian Greece, in China, and in India, then look at how medieval Islamic scholars shifted to an algorithmic stage, which was further developed by medieval and early modern European mathematicians. With the introduction of a flexible and operative symbolism in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, algebra entered into a dynamic period characterized by the analytic geometry that could evaluate curves represented by equations in two variables, thereby solving problems in the physics of motion. This new symbolism freed mathematicians to study equations of degrees higher than two and three, ultimately leading to the present abstract era. Taming the Unknown follows algebra's remarkable growth through different epochs around the globe
The emergence of the American mathematical research community, 18761900 : J.J. Sylvester, Felix Klein, and E.H. Moore by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
Book
)
17 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume traces the transformation of the United States from a mathematical backwater to a major presence during the quartercentury from 1876 to 1900. Presenting a detailed study of the major figures involved in this transformation, it focuses on the three most influential individuals  the British algebraist James Joseph Sylvester, the German standardbearer Felix Klein, and the American mathematician Eliakim Hastings Moore  and on the principal institutions with which they were associated  the John Hopkins University, Gottingen University, and the University of Chicago
17 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume traces the transformation of the United States from a mathematical backwater to a major presence during the quartercentury from 1876 to 1900. Presenting a detailed study of the major figures involved in this transformation, it focuses on the three most influential individuals  the British algebraist James Joseph Sylvester, the German standardbearer Felix Klein, and the American mathematician Eliakim Hastings Moore  and on the principal institutions with which they were associated  the John Hopkins University, Gottingen University, and the University of Chicago
James Joseph Sylvester : life and work in letters by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
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)
23 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book brings together for the first time 140 letters from Sylvester's correspondence in an attempt to separate the fact from the many myths surrounding his life and work 
23 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book brings together for the first time 140 letters from Sylvester's correspondence in an attempt to separate the fact from the many myths surrounding his life and work 
James Joseph Sylvester : Jewish mathematician in a Victorian world by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
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8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This text offers a biography of James Joseph Sylvester & his work. A Cambridge student at first denied a degree because of his faith, Sylvester came to America to teach mathematics, becoming Daniel Coit Gilman's faculty recruit at Johns Hopkins in 1876 & winning the coveted Savilian Professorship of Geometry at Oxford in 1883
8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This text offers a biography of James Joseph Sylvester & his work. A Cambridge student at first denied a degree because of his faith, Sylvester came to America to teach mathematics, becoming Daniel Coit Gilman's faculty recruit at Johns Hopkins in 1876 & winning the coveted Savilian Professorship of Geometry at Oxford in 1883
Mathematics unbound : the evolution of an international mathematical research community, 18001945 by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
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12 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 yearsfrom 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 internationa
12 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 yearsfrom 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 internationa
Episodes in the history of modern algebra (18001950)(
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11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Algebra, as a subdiscipline of mathematics, arguably has a history going back some 4000 years to ancient Mesopotamia. The history, however, of what is recognized today as high school algebra is much shorter, extending back to the sixteenth century, while the history of what practicing mathematicians call "modern algebra" is even shorter still. The present volume provides a glimpse into the complicated and often convoluted history of this latter conception of algebra by juxtaposing twelve episodes in the evolution of modern algebra from the early nineteenthcentury work of Charles Babbage on functional equations to Alexandre Grothendieck's midtwentiethcentury metaphor of a "rising sea" in his categorical approach to algebraic geometry. In addition to considering the technical development of various aspects of algebraic thought, the historians of modern algebra whose work is united in this volume explore such themes as the changing aims and organization of the subject as well as the often complex lines of mathematical communication within and across national boundaries. Among the specific algebraic ideas considered are the concept of divisibility and the introduction of noncommutative algebras into the study of number theory and the emergence of algebraic geometry in the twentieth century. The resulting volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of modern mathematics in general and modern algebra in particular. It will be of particular interest to mathematicians and historians of mathematics. Copublished with the London Mathematical Society beginning with Volume 4. Members of the LMS may order directly from the AMS at the AMS member price. The LMS is registered with the Charity Commissioners
11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Algebra, as a subdiscipline of mathematics, arguably has a history going back some 4000 years to ancient Mesopotamia. The history, however, of what is recognized today as high school algebra is much shorter, extending back to the sixteenth century, while the history of what practicing mathematicians call "modern algebra" is even shorter still. The present volume provides a glimpse into the complicated and often convoluted history of this latter conception of algebra by juxtaposing twelve episodes in the evolution of modern algebra from the early nineteenthcentury work of Charles Babbage on functional equations to Alexandre Grothendieck's midtwentiethcentury metaphor of a "rising sea" in his categorical approach to algebraic geometry. In addition to considering the technical development of various aspects of algebraic thought, the historians of modern algebra whose work is united in this volume explore such themes as the changing aims and organization of the subject as well as the often complex lines of mathematical communication within and across national boundaries. Among the specific algebraic ideas considered are the concept of divisibility and the introduction of noncommutative algebras into the study of number theory and the emergence of algebraic geometry in the twentieth century. The resulting volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of modern mathematics in general and modern algebra in particular. It will be of particular interest to mathematicians and historians of mathematics. Copublished with the London Mathematical Society beginning with Volume 4. Members of the LMS may order directly from the AMS at the AMS member price. The LMS is registered with the Charity Commissioners
Bridging traditions : alchemy, chemistry, and Paracelsian practices in the early modern era by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
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7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bridging Traditions explores the connections between apparently different zones of comprehension and experience magic and experiment, alchemy and mechanics, practical mathematics and geometrical mysticism, things earthy and heavenly, and especially science and medicine by focusing on points of intersection among alchemy, chemistry, and Paracelsian medical philosophy. In exploring the varieties of natural knowledge in the early modern era, the authors pay tribute to the work of Allen Debus, whose own endeavors cleared the way for scholars to examine subjects that were once snubbed as suitable only to the refuse heap of the history of science. 
7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bridging Traditions explores the connections between apparently different zones of comprehension and experience magic and experiment, alchemy and mechanics, practical mathematics and geometrical mysticism, things earthy and heavenly, and especially science and medicine by focusing on points of intersection among alchemy, chemistry, and Paracelsian medical philosophy. In exploring the varieties of natural knowledge in the early modern era, the authors pay tribute to the work of Allen Debus, whose own endeavors cleared the way for scholars to examine subjects that were once snubbed as suitable only to the refuse heap of the history of science. 
Experiencing nature : proceedings of a conference in honor of Allen G. Debus by
Robert E Butts(
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9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume, honoring the renowned historian of science, Allen G Debus, explores ideas of science  'experiences of nature'  from within an historiographical tradition that Debus has done much to define. As his work shows, the sciences do not develop exclusively as a result of a progressive and inexorable logic of discovery. A wide variety of extrascientific factors, deriving from changing intellectual contexts and differing social millieus, play crucial roles in the overall development of scientific thought
9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume, honoring the renowned historian of science, Allen G Debus, explores ideas of science  'experiences of nature'  from within an historiographical tradition that Debus has done much to define. As his work shows, the sciences do not develop exclusively as a result of a progressive and inexorable logic of discovery. A wide variety of extrascientific factors, deriving from changing intellectual contexts and differing social millieus, play crucial roles in the overall development of scientific thought
Experiencing Nature : Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Allen G. Debus by
Paul Harold Theerman(
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1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume, honoring the renowned historian of science, Allen G Debus, explores ideas of science  `experiences of nature'  from within a historiographical tradition that Debus has done much to define. As his work shows, the sciences do not develop exclusively as a result of a progressive and inexorable logic of discovery. A wide variety of extrascientific factors, deriving from changing intellectual contexts and differing social millieus, play crucial roles in the overall development of scientific thought. These essays represent case studies in a broad range of scientific settings  from sixteenthcentury astronomy and medicine, through nineteenthcentury biology and mathematics, to the social sciences in the twentiethcentury  that show the impact of both social settings and the crossfertilization of ideas on the formation of science. Aimed at a general audience interested in the history of science, this book closes with Debus's personal perspective on the development of the field. Audience: This book will appeal especially to historians of science, of chemistry, and of medicine
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume, honoring the renowned historian of science, Allen G Debus, explores ideas of science  `experiences of nature'  from within a historiographical tradition that Debus has done much to define. As his work shows, the sciences do not develop exclusively as a result of a progressive and inexorable logic of discovery. A wide variety of extrascientific factors, deriving from changing intellectual contexts and differing social millieus, play crucial roles in the overall development of scientific thought. These essays represent case studies in a broad range of scientific settings  from sixteenthcentury astronomy and medicine, through nineteenthcentury biology and mathematics, to the social sciences in the twentiethcentury  that show the impact of both social settings and the crossfertilization of ideas on the formation of science. Aimed at a general audience interested in the history of science, this book closes with Debus's personal perspective on the development of the field. Audience: This book will appeal especially to historians of science, of chemistry, and of medicine
The contributions of J.H.M. Wedderburn to the theory of algebras, 190010 by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
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3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The contributions of J.H.M. Wedderburn to the theory of algebras, 19001910 by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
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1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Joseph Sylvester : Victorian, Jew, mathematician by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
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2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Contributions of J.H.M. Wedderburn to the theory of algebras: 190010 : (Short title: ParshallWedderburn's contributions
to theory of algebras)(
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1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Ivor GrattanGuinness, 19412014 : Eloge by
Joseph W Dauben(
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1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Varieties as incipient species : Darwin's numerical analysis by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
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1 edition published in 1982 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
1 edition published in 1982 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The emergence of the American mathematical community, 18761900 : J. J. Sylvester, Felix Klein, and E. H. Moore by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
Book
)
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Victor Kac and Robert Moody : their paths to KacMoody Lie algebras by
Stephen Berman(
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1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A plurality of algebras, 12001600: Algebraic Europe from Fibonacci to Clavius by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
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1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Eliakim Hastings Moore and the founding of a mathematical community in America, 18921902 by
Karen Hunger Parshall(
)
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Nineteenthcentury developments in geometric probability : J. J. Sylvester, M. W. Crofton, J.É. Barbier, and J. Bertrand by
E Seneta(
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1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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 Katz, Victor J. Author
 Sylvester, James Joseph 18141897 Author
 Rowe, David E. 1950 Other
 Debus, Allen G. Honoree
 Gray, Jeremy 1947 Editor
 Rice, Adrian C. (Adrian Clifford) 1970 Editor
 Paracelsus 14931541
 Walton, Michael Thomson 1945 Editor
 Moran, Bruce T. Editor
 Theerman, Paul Harold 1952 Author Editor
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Algebra Botany Chemistry Darwin, Charles, Debus, Allen G England France Great Britain Historiography History Humanities Jews Mathematicians Mathematics MathematicsResearch MathematicsStudy and teaching (Higher) Medicine Paracelsus, Science SciencePhilosophy Social sciencesMethodology Sylvester, James Joseph, United States Wedderburn, J. H. M.(Joseph Henry Maclagan),
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