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Mathematical Visions: The Pursuit of Geometry in Victorian England

Mathematical Visions: The Pursuit of Geometry in Victorian England

by Joan L. Richards

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Historians of science, mathematicians and general readers will find this to be a carefully researched and nicely written account of what 19th century English mathematicians (particularly the geometers) imagined themselves to be doing, of what they imagined to be the nature of mathematics. The author relies most heavily not upon evidence implicit in mathematical papers of the period, but upon public/private writings of the mathematicians in question, upon the shifting design of the famous Tripos examination (about which she has much of extraordinary interest to say), upon shifts in the character of relevant social and cultural institutions. Treats roughly the period 1818-1918. Reads a bit like the dissertation from which ultimately it derives, but a useful contribution to the scholarship of a fascinating topic/period. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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