Letter writing has always been very important for the spreading of scientific ideas, even in times of a great number of specialized journals. The correspondences on mathematical issues or those of interest in the history of mathematics involve a vast field of topics, not only those of a scientific nature. They include letters between mathematicians and from mathematicians to politicians, publishers, and men and women of culture. Leibniz, Euler, D’Alembert, Lambert, Lagrange, Laplace, Gauss, Hermite and Cremona are undoubtedly authors of great interest and their letters are precious documents, but the correspondence of less well-known authors can also make an important contribution to the history of science. All of these kinds of correspondences constitute an essential component in the reconstruction of biographies, as well as the genesis of scientific ideas, in analyzing relations and debates, and, ultimately, in the correct dating and interpretation of various memoirs. Their publication is, therefore, important for the success of critical editions of the works of great mathematicians (Galileo, Newton, Wallis, Huygens, Euler, the Bernoulli family, etc.).

Correspondences and editions of collected works: problems, situations, perspectives

Maria Teresa Borgato
Primo
;
2018

Abstract

Letter writing has always been very important for the spreading of scientific ideas, even in times of a great number of specialized journals. The correspondences on mathematical issues or those of interest in the history of mathematics involve a vast field of topics, not only those of a scientific nature. They include letters between mathematicians and from mathematicians to politicians, publishers, and men and women of culture. Leibniz, Euler, D’Alembert, Lambert, Lagrange, Laplace, Gauss, Hermite and Cremona are undoubtedly authors of great interest and their letters are precious documents, but the correspondence of less well-known authors can also make an important contribution to the history of science. All of these kinds of correspondences constitute an essential component in the reconstruction of biographies, as well as the genesis of scientific ideas, in analyzing relations and debates, and, ultimately, in the correct dating and interpretation of various memoirs. Their publication is, therefore, important for the success of critical editions of the works of great mathematicians (Galileo, Newton, Wallis, Huygens, Euler, the Bernoulli family, etc.).
978-3-319-73577-1
978-3-319-73575-7
Mathematical Correspondences, Collected Works, Critical Editions
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
Chapter_Introduction.pdf

accesso aperto

Descrizione: prove di stampa
Tipologia: Post-print
Licenza: PUBBLICO - Pubblico con Copyright
Dimensione 193.67 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
193.67 kB Adobe PDF Visualizza/Apri
2018_Book_MathematicalCorrespondencesAnd.pdf

solo gestori archivio

Tipologia: Full text (versione editoriale)
Licenza: NON PUBBLICO - Accesso privato/ristretto
Dimensione 6.66 MB
Formato Adobe PDF
6.66 MB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11392/2391936
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 0
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact