By Volker R. Remmert, Martina R. Schneider, Henrik Kragh Sørensen
This publication addresses the historiography of arithmetic because it was once practiced throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by way of paying detailed cognizance to the cultural contexts during which the historical past of arithmetic was once written.
In the nineteenth century, the background of arithmetic used to be recorded via a various diversity of individuals proficient in a number of fields and pushed by way of diversified motivations and goals. those backgrounds frequently formed not just their writing at the background of arithmetic, yet, in a few cases, have been additionally influential of their next reception.
During the interval from approximately 1880-1940, arithmetic modernized in very important methods, with reference to its content material, its stipulations for cultivation, and its identification; and the writing of the background of arithmetic performed into the final half in particular.
Parallel to the modernization of arithmetic, the background of arithmetic steadily advanced right into a box of study with its personal journals, societies and educational positions. Reflecting either a brand new specialist id and alterations in its fundamental viewers, numerous shifts of standpoint within the approach the heritage of arithmetic was once and is written can nonetheless be saw to this present day. at first focusing on significant inner, common advancements in convinced sub-disciplines of arithmetic, the sector steadily gravitated in the direction of a spotlight on contexts of data creation regarding contributors, neighborhood practices, difficulties, groups, and networks.
The aim of this ebook is to hyperlink those disciplinary and methodological adjustments within the background of arithmetic to the wider cultural contexts of its practitioners, particularly the historians of arithmetic throughout the interval in question.