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Changing Images in Mathematics by Amy Dahan Dalmedico, Umberto Bottazini

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Chapter 3 IMAGES OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN THE GERMAN MATHEMATICAL COMMUNITY

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INTRODUCTION

In the course of the nineteenth century, the image of mathematics shifted profoundly. Around 1800, theoretical and practical mathematics shared the project of representing nature mathematically, and most mathematicians working in the ‘high culture’ tradition associated with theoretical mathematics saw themselves as part of the same heritage as Newton, Euler, and others. By the end of the century, such activities were no longer central to the newly-formed professional community of mathematicians, and internationally a pure mathematical discourse stood at the top of the hierarchy of values that was expressed in a variety of ways by mathematicians. ...

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