Changing Images in Mathematics: From the French Revolution to the New Millennium / Edition 1

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This book focuses on some of the major developments in the history of contemporary (19th and 20th century) mathematics as seen in the broader context of the development of science and culture.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 The Ecole Polytechnique and Mathematics in Nineteenth-Century France 15
2 From Paris to Berlin: Contrasted Images of Nineteenth-Century Mathematics 31
3 Images of Applied Mathematics in the German Mathematical Community 49
4 Felix Klein as Wissenschaftspolitiker 69
5 The German and French Editions of the Klein-Molk Encyclopedia: Contrasted Images 93
6 Mathematics and Natural Science in the Nineteenth-Century: The Classical Approaches of Poincare, Volterra and Hadamard 113
7 Developments in Statistical Thinking and their Links with Mathematics 137
8 Mathematical Structures from Hilbert to Bourbaki: The Evolution of an Image of Mathematics 167
9 The Creation and Persistence of National Schools: The Case of Italian Algebraic Geometry 187
10 Definability as a Mathematical Concept Before and After Godel 207
11 An Image Conflict in Mathematics after 1945 223
12 From Catastrophy to Chaos: The Modeling Practices of Applied Topologists 255
13 Beyond One-Case Statistics: Mathematics, Medicine and the Management of Health and Disease in the Post-War Era 281
Index 297
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