Mathematics and the Historian's Craft: The Kenneth O. May Lectures
This collection of papers contains extended versions of selected lectures delivered at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, which was held from 1996 up to 2003. The book contains the following papers written by twelve outstanding historians of mathematics (in alphabetical order of the authors):
T. Archibald, L. Charbonneau: Mathematics in Canada before 1945: A Preliminary Survey; J. Bennet: Mathematics, Instruments and Navigation, 1600-1800; J. W. Dauben: The Battle for Cantorian Set Theory; J. Grabiner: Was Newton's Calculus a Dead End? The Continental Influence of Maclaurin's Treatise of Fluxions; I. Grattan-Guinnesss: History or Heritage? An Important Distinction in Mathematics and for Mathematics Education; A. Hibner-Koblitz: Mathematics and Gender: Some Cross-Cultural Observations; A. Jones: Ptolemy's Mathematical Models and their Meaning; K. H. Parshall: The Emergence of the American Mathematical Research Community; V. Peckhaus: 19th Century Logic Between Philosophy and Mathematics; R. Thiele: The Mathematics and Science of Leonhard Euler (1707-1783); R. Thiele: Hilbert and his Twenty-Four Problems; S. Shanker: Turing and the Origins of AI.
These papers present a wide variety of original work in the history and philosophy of mathematics. They are full of interesting quotations from original sources, attractive illustrations and photographs, and copies of historical and very rare documents (including title pages and frontispieces of the first editions of the most important mathematical works and views of the cities). Each paper is supplemented with a bibliography. The papers are written not only for historians of mathematics but also, in particular, for others who are interested in the nature and beauty of mathematics. The book ends with the subject and name indices. The book will be very helpful for historians and philosophers of mathematics, for teachers at universities and secondary schools, and students as well as researchers in mathematics and history.