Mathematics and the History of Mathematics in Western and Non-Western Traditions
April 18, 2011
Bailey Hall 207
Refreshments will be served at 4:15 in Bailey Hall 204
Perhaps more than any other science, mathematics contains its own history, both as a field of study and as a professional discipline. This talk discusses changing aims and current priorities in the history of mathematics, with special reference to comparisons between "western" (i.e., Euclid-based) and "non-western" traditions of mathematical knowledge. Among our examples we offer some remarkable results from late-medieval Indian mathematics that illustrate the creative tension between mathematical experiment and proof.
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