There’s more to reading than just looking at the words — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

When I first became interested in the history of mathematics, now literally a lifetime ago, it was dominated by a big events, big names approach to the discipline. It was also largely presentist, only interested in those aspects of the history that are still relevant in the present. As well as this, it was internalist […]

There’s more to reading than just looking at the words — The Renaissance Mathematicus

“A sea of wild, woolly thinking!” — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

Today’s musings on the history of science re-examine a topic that I have already dealt with several times in the past, that of presentist judgements on the heuristic used by a historical figure to find or reach their solution to a given scientific problem. In the world of scientific investigations, a heuristic is the scaffolding […]

“A sea of wild, woolly thinking!” — The Renaissance Mathematicus