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Placing World War I in the History of Mathematics


In the historical literature, opposite conclusions were drawn about the impact of the First World War on mathematics. In this chapter, the case is made that the war was an important event for the history of mathematics. We show that although mathematicians' experience of the war was extremely varied, its impact was decisive on the life of a great number of them. We present an overview of some uses of mathematics in war and of the development of mathematics during the war. We conclude by arguing that the war also was a crucial factor in the institutional modernization of mathematics.
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hal-00830121 , version 1 (04-06-2013)
hal-00830121 , version 2 (15-12-2021)


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David Aubin, Catherine Goldstein. Placing World War I in the History of Mathematics. 2013. ⟨hal-00830121v2⟩
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