Questioning the Historicity of Mathematics - Evolution or revolution?

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Incommensurability in mathematics hardly ever occurs, if at all. Therefore, the notion of mathematical revolution in the full, Kuhnian sense, does not strike one as particularly informing or fruitful. That should however be no reason for its abandonment. The strict interpretation of the concept, mathematical developments having to constitute a sudden radical break with past practice, can be exchanged for a more relaxed interpretation, in which `mathematical revolution' rather turns into a family resemblance concept. This way it might contribute to a revival of relations between the history and philosophy of mathematics, which have remained too sterile for too long.
Originele taal-2English
TitelMathematical Practice throughout History
RedacteurenIngo Witzke
UitgeverijLogos Verlag, Berlin
Aantal pagina's25
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-8325-1668-0
StatusPublished - 2008

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