A study of the literature of the history of mathematics

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Louise Habicht (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Anne Lewis

Abstract: Although men have been drawn to the study of mathematics from the earliest times, the study of the history of mathematics has not had a similar attracting power. Interest in this branch of learning is a comparatively recent development. There is reason to believe that as late as 1870, mathematicians still regarded the pursuit of this study as being of little or no value. Rather they considered that any old results which would be likely to assume a permanent place in the progress of mathematical learning could be found in improved form in new treatises1. Thus they confined themselves to the reading of current mathematical discovery. Even today there are those who believe that technical papers on mathematical research represent the only meaningful history of mathematics to the mathematician.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1965

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