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Mathematics in Society and History : Sociological Inquiries

Author: Sal Restivo
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint : Springer, 1992.
Series: Episteme, A Series in the Foundational, Methodological, Philosophical, Psychological, Sociological, and Political Aspects of the Sciences, Pure and Applied, 20.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first book by a sociologist devoted exclusively to a general sociology of mathematics. The author provides examples of different ways of thinking about mathematics sociologically. The survey of mathematical traditions covers ancient China, the Arabic-Islamic world, India, and Europe. Following the leads of classical social theorists such as Emile Durkheim, Restivo develops the idea that mathematical  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sal Restivo
ISBN: 9789401129442 9401129444 9781402000393 1402000391
OCLC Number: 913703611
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: I. Introduction --
1: Mathematics and Culture --
2: Mathematics from the Ground Up --
II. Mathematical Traditions --
3: The Mathematics of Survival in China --
4: Mathematics in Context: The Arabic-Islamic Golden Age --
5: Indian Mathematics: A History of Episodes --
6: Mathematics and Renaissance in Japan --
7: Conflict, Social Change, and Mathematics in Europe --
III: Math Worlds --
8: Mathematics as Representation --
9: Foundations of the Sociology of Pure Mathematics --
10: The Social Relations of Pure Mathematics --
Bibliographic Epilogue --
Notes To Chapter 7 --
Name Index.
Series Title: Episteme, A Series in the Foundational, Methodological, Philosophical, Psychological, Sociological, and Political Aspects of the Sciences, Pure and Applied, 20.
Responsibility: by Sal Restivo.

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