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By Alexander Jones, Christine Proust, John M. Steele

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ISBN-13: 9783319258638

This e-book explores features of Otto Neugebauer's profession, his influence at the heritage and perform of arithmetic, and the ways that his legacy has been preserved or remodeled in fresh many years, awaiting the instructions within which the research of the heritage of technology will head within the twenty-first century. Neugebauer, greater than the other student of contemporary instances, formed the best way we understand premodern technology. via his scholarship and effect on scholars and collaborators, he inculcated either an method of ancient study on old and medieval arithmetic and astronomy via designated mathematical and philological research of texts, and a imaginative and prescient of those sciences as structures of data and process that unfold outward from the traditional close to japanese civilizations, crossing cultural barriers and circulating over a massive geographical expanse of the outdated international from the Atlantic to India.

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It will not be vouchsafed to many to write the history of a science in this sense. (Neugebauer 1927c, 44–45)38 As this passage shows, the young Otto Neugebauer saw himself as a proselytizer for a new approach to the history of mathematics as an integral part of what came to be called the exact sciences. As seen here, he stressed the underlying unity of the mathematical sciences, long a watchword for Klein, Hilbert, and of course Courant. Neugebauer identified with this Göttingen tradition completely; at the same time he was harshly critical of older approaches to the historiography of science and mathematics.

E. Rowe terrestrial telegraphy (Sarkowski 1996, 262). This meeting, which took place on 28 September 1917, was facilitated by the editor of Die Naturwissenschaften, Arnold Berliner, whom Courant had known growing up in Breslau. By the following year, plans for Courant’s Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften— better known as the “yellow series” or the “yellow peril” (“die gelbe Gefahr”)—were already underway. Courant not only lined up Hilbert’s support for the plan, he also persuaded Hamburg’s Wilhelm Blaschke and his father-in-law, Carl Runge, to join him as associate editors.

G. 20 Courant had already met Ferdinand Springer during the war; Courant was then temporarily stationed in Ilsenburg, a village in the Harz Mountains, working on 20 The famous “yellow series” founded by Courant in 1920 continues to occupy a central niche in Springer’s publishing program, though its character changed quite dramatically after 1945 when English became the dominant language for international publications in mathematics. E. Rowe terrestrial telegraphy (Sarkowski 1996, 262). This meeting, which took place on 28 September 1917, was facilitated by the editor of Die Naturwissenschaften, Arnold Berliner, whom Courant had known growing up in Breslau.

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