Is mathematical history written by the victors ?

Valérie Henry, Jacques Bair, Piotr Blaszczyk, Robert Ely, Vladimir Kanovei, Karin Katz, Mikhail Katz, Semen Kutateladze, Thomas McGaffey, David Schaps, David Sherry, Steven Shnider

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Abstract

We examine prevailing philosophical and historical views about the origin of infinitesimal mathematics in light of modern infinitesimal theories, and show the works of Fermat, Leibniz, Euler, Cauchy and other giants of infinitesimal mathematics in a new light. Some topics from the history of infinitesimals illustrating our approach appear in alphabetical order.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)886-904
JournalNotices of the American Mathematical Society
Volume60
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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