The Oxford handbook of generality in mathematics and the sciences

This handbook examines how actors have valued generality in mathematics and the sciences and how they worked with specific types of 'general' entities, procedures, and arguments. Part I deals with the meaning and value of generality, and more specifically the value of generality in Michel...

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Other Authors: Chemla, Karine (Editor), Chorlay, Renaud (Editor), Rabouin, David (Editor)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Oxford Oxford University Press 2017, 2017
Series:Oxford handbooks online / Oxford handbooks online
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Collection: Oxford Handbook Online - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:This handbook examines how actors have valued generality in mathematics and the sciences and how they worked with specific types of 'general' entities, procedures, and arguments. Part I deals with the meaning and value of generality, and more specifically the value of generality in Michel Chasles's historiography of geometry and generality in Gottfried Leibniz's mathematics. Part II focuses on statements and concepts that make up the general, covering topics such as Henri Poincare's work on the recurrence theorem and the role of genericity in the history of dynamical systems theory. Part III explores the practices of generality, including the dispute over tangents between Rene Descartes and Pierre de Fermat, generality in James Clerk Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism, and practices of generalization in mathematical physics, biology, and evolutionary strategies
Item Description:The resource is available to MPG users until 31 December 2019 within the scope of a trial
Previously issued in print: 2016
Physical Description:1 online resource (xii, 507 pages) illustrations (black and white)
ISBN:9780191859243