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Sanskrit versus Greek `Proofs': History of Mathematics at the Crossroads of Philology and Mathematics in Nineteenth-Century Germany (2015)


The present paper is intended as a contribution to a critical history of historiography of mathematics, in which history of mathematics is regarded as closely connected to cultural history as a whole. The focus is on analyzing the ways in which a contrast between Sanskrit and Greek mathematics was constructed in nineteenth-century Germany, as Colebrooke's English translations of Sanskrit mathematical sources spread in both philological and mathematical circles. By keeping track of the shifting significance which this contrast took on for different protagonists operating within different social contexts, one is also provided with a distinctive thread so as to unfold a more encompassing narrative. From a broader perspective, our purpose is to highlight the shaping of history of mathematics at the crossroads of philology and mathematics within nineteenth-century German academia.

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Authors & Contributors
Petsche, Hans-Joachim
Bernard, Alain
Vismann, Cornelia
Schneider, Ivo H.
Rashed, Roshdi
Minnes, Mark
Perspectives on Science
Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Science in Context
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
Birkhäuser Verlag
Catholic University of America Press
New York University
Philosophy of science
Linguistics; philology
Grassmann, Hermann Günther
Apollonius, of Perga
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William
Frege, Gottlob
Husserl, Edmund
Wolff, Christian von
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
16th century
17th century
United States
Babylon (extinct city)

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