## Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

*Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur (eds)*

- Published in print:
- 2012
- Published Online:
- October 2017
- ISBN:
- 9780691149042
- eISBN:
- 9781400842681
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.001.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book brings together important thinkers in mathematics, history, and philosophy to explore the relationship between mathematics and narrative. “Circles disturbed” reflect the last words of ... More

## Moving the Alps: uncovering the mathematics of John Pell

*Jacqueline A. Stedall*

### in A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

- Published in print:
- 2003
- Published Online:
- September 2007
- ISBN:
- 9780198524953
- eISBN:
- 9780191711886
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524953.003.0005
- Subject:
- Mathematics, History of Mathematics

John Pell (1611-1685) has long been considered the most enigmatic of the 17th-century mathematicians. He was well read in both Classical and contemporary mathematics, and there is no doubt that he ... More

## Why Spin Glasses?

*Daniel L. Stein and Charles M. Newman*

### in Spin Glasses and Complexity

- Published in print:
- 2013
- Published Online:
- October 2017
- ISBN:
- 9780691147338
- eISBN:
- 9781400845637
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691147338.003.0001
- Subject:
- Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Spin glasses are disordered magnetic materials, and it is hard to find a less promising candidate to serve as a focal point of complexity studies, much less as the object of thousands of ... More

## From Voyagers to Martyrs: Toward a Storied History of Mathematics

*Amir Alexander*

### in Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

- Published in print:
- 2012
- Published Online:
- October 2017
- ISBN:
- 9780691149042
- eISBN:
- 9781400842681
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.003.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter traces the history of mathematics, from the late sixteenth century to the present, through the lens of mathematical stories. The period is divided into three main epochs and a possible ... More

## Narrative and the Rationality of Mathematical Practice

*David Corfield*

*Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur (eds)*

### in Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

- Published in print:
- 2012
- Published Online:
- October 2017
- ISBN:
- 9780691149042
- eISBN:
- 9781400842681
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.003.0009
- Subject:
- Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter examines the rationality of mathematical practice in relation to narrative. It begins with a discussion of Alasdair MacIntyre's account of rational enquiry, Three Rival Versions of Moral ... More

## Mathematics and Narrative: An Aristotelian Perspective

*G. E. R. Lloyd*

*Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur (eds)*

### in Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

- Published in print:
- 2012
- Published Online:
- October 2017
- ISBN:
- 9780691149042
- eISBN:
- 9781400842681
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.003.0011
- Subject:
- Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter explores the relationship between mathematics and narrative from an Aristotelian perspective. Aristotle's philosophy of mathematics is radically different from that of Plato. For ... More

## Algebraic Thought in Ancient and Medieval China

*Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall*

### in Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

- Published in print:
- 2014
- Published Online:
- October 2017
- ISBN:
- 9780691149059
- eISBN:
- 9781400850525
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691149059.003.0005
- Subject:
- Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter takes a look at the scope of mathematics in Ancient and Medieval China. Although the Chinese engaged in numerical calculation as early as the middle of the second millennium BCE, the ... More

## Algebraic Thought in Medieval India

*Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall*

### in Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

- Published in print:
- 2014
- Published Online:
- October 2017
- ISBN:
- 9780691149059
- eISBN:
- 9781400850525
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691149059.003.0006
- Subject:
- Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter explores medieval Indian algebraic thought in the works of Āryabhạta, author of the astronomical treatise Āryabhạtīya (ca. 500 CE), and Brahmagupta, who wrote the ... More

## Mathematical Mysteries in Byzantium: The Transmission of Fermat’S Last Theorem

*Judith Herrin*

### in Margins and Metropolis: Authority across the Byzantine Empire

- Published in print:
- 2013
- Published Online:
- October 2017
- ISBN:
- 9780691153018
- eISBN:
- 9781400845224
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691153018.003.0015
- Subject:
- History, World Medieval History

This chapter examines how the mathematical mysteries of Diophantus were preserved, embellished, developed, and enjoyed in Byzantium by many generations of amateur mathematicians like Pierre de ... More

## The Early Tradition on Pythagoras and Its Development

*Leonid Zhmud*

### in Pythagoras and the Early Pythagoreans

- Published in print:
- 2012
- Published Online:
- September 2012
- ISBN:
- 9780199289318
- eISBN:
- 9780191741371
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289318.003.0002
- Subject:
- Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter reviews references to Pythagoras by the authors of the pre-Platonic period. It shows that in the course of the fourth century, studies in mathematics, particularly geometry and ... More