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The Social Status of Italian Mathematicians, 1450–1600

The Social Status of Italian Mathematicians, 1450–1600 Hist, Sci., xxvii (1989) THE SOCIAL STATUS OF ITALIAN MATHEMATICIANS, 1450-1600 Mario Biagioli University of California. Los Angeles This study stems from the belief that the epistemological legitimation of the mathematical method that characterized the Scientific Revolution involved and depended upon the social legitimation of mathematical practitioners. Unfortunately 'social status' is not an historiographical category that has received much attention by historians of early modern Italian science. Many scholars have carefully analysed Galilee's work and life but, by comparison, little has been studied of the socio-professional world of the mathematical practitioners who worked before or around him. As a contribution to the reconstruction of those scenarios and to an understanding of their role in shaping Galileo's strategies for the epistemological legitimation of the mathe­ matical method, I am presenting an extensive bibliography" together with some considerations and interpretive patterns based on a preliminary study of that material. Looking for evidence of the social status of mathematicians in Italy from 1450 to 1600, I have considered: (I) the teaching of mathematics in Italian universities and its status within the other disciplines of the curricula; (2) the public teaching of practical mathematics and geometry; (3) the professionali­ zation of military engineering; http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Science SAGE

The Social Status of Italian Mathematicians, 1450–1600

History of Science , Volume 27 (1): 55 – Mar 1, 1989

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SAGE
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© 1989 SAGE Publications
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0073-2753
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1753-8564
DOI
10.1177/007327538902700102
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Hist, Sci., xxvii (1989) THE SOCIAL STATUS OF ITALIAN MATHEMATICIANS, 1450-1600 Mario Biagioli University of California. Los Angeles This study stems from the belief that the epistemological legitimation of the mathematical method that characterized the Scientific Revolution involved and depended upon the social legitimation of mathematical practitioners. Unfortunately 'social status' is not an historiographical category that has received much attention by historians of early modern Italian science. Many scholars have carefully analysed Galilee's work and life but, by comparison, little has been studied of the socio-professional world of the mathematical practitioners who worked before or around him. As a contribution to the reconstruction of those scenarios and to an understanding of their role in shaping Galileo's strategies for the epistemological legitimation of the mathe­ matical method, I am presenting an extensive bibliography" together with some considerations and interpretive patterns based on a preliminary study of that material. Looking for evidence of the social status of mathematicians in Italy from 1450 to 1600, I have considered: (I) the teaching of mathematics in Italian universities and its status within the other disciplines of the curricula; (2) the public teaching of practical mathematics and geometry; (3) the professionali­ zation of military engineering;

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Published: Mar 1, 1989

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