TITLE

Exploration Mathematics: The Rhetoric of Discovery and the Rise of Infinitesimal Methods

AUTHOR(S)
Alexander, Amir R.
PUB. DATE
January 2001
SOURCE
Configurations;Winter2001, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article the position and suitability of mathematics in intellectual exploration. Mathematics, with its rigorous, formal, and deductive structure, appeared to be an ill-suited terrain for intellectual exploration. The strength of mathematics lay in the certainty of its demonstrations and the incontrovertible truth of its claims, not in uncovering new and veiled secrets. This view of mathematics was expressed most clearly by Christopher Clavius, the founder of the Jesuit mathematical tradition, in his tract "In disciplinas mathematicas prolegomena," dating from the 1580s.
ACCESSION #
16814864

 

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