Overstating their case? Reflections on British pure mathematics in the 19th century

Gray, Jeremy (2011). Overstating their case? Reflections on British pure mathematics in the 19th century. In: Flood, Raymond; Rice, Adrian and Wilson, Robin eds. Mathematics in Victorian Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 397–414.

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Abstract

I argue that the British pure mathematicians of the 19th century have been overrated, to the detriment of historical writing on the subject. To do so, I first give an overview of their work that locates them in a more European context, and then turn to more overtly historiographic questions.

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