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Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373094-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7309-4
... This chapter presents a category of “mathematical style,” drawing inspiration from a paper by the mathematician Claude Chevalley published in 1935 in the Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale. Comparisons are made with other notions of styles of scientific thinking, such as that developed by Ian...
Published: 17 March 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7309-4
... history of mathematics in China algebraic equations epistemological cultures mathematical practice mathematical operation ...
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373094-015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7309-4
..., algorithms, computational tools, and diagrams. The uses of these elements establish connections among them, forming complexes of practices to which the author refers as “mathematical cultures.” She argues that describing the mathematical cultures in the context in which practitioners actually operated...
Published: 17 March 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7309-4
... activity—here mainly problems, algorithms, computational tools, and diagrams. The uses of these elements establish connections among them, forming complexes of practices to which the author refers as “mathematical cultures.” She argues that describing the mathematical cultures in the context in which...
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By Diane M. Nelson
Published: 12 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375074-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7507-4
... is used to struggle for accountability and postwar repair by linking them to an ethnomathematics—mathematics practiced by an identifiable cultural group—in this case early modern Europeans. Rather than a simple “number is good because it’s true” versus “number is bad because it’s dehumanizing...
Published: 12 October 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7507-4
... of accumulation by dispossession and with the way number is used to struggle for accountability and postwar repair by linking them to an ethnomathematics—mathematics practiced by an identifiable cultural group—in this case early modern Europeans. Rather than a simple “number is good because it’s true” versus...
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373094-014
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7309-4
... This chapter explores questions about the social and cultural aspects of the making and the reading of a scientific theory. What is a mathematical proof? What does it mean to understand a mathematical work? To shed light on these questions, this chapter compares Évariste Galois’s memoir and some...
Published: 12 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375074-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7507-4
... in particular instances through situated and singular practices. This book engages Guatemalans’ experiences via number but also strives to unsettle readers’ relations to counting, especially the idea that mathematics is the only true universal language. ...
Published: 17 March 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7309-4
...Distinguishing the Many Dimensions of Encultured Practice This chapter examines the kinds of culturalism apparent in studies of the history of science, and the normative roles they play in the interpretation and evaluation of historical studies of science in the non-Western world...
Published: 04 March 1997
DOI: 10.1215/9780822382720-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8272-0
Book Chapter

By Diane M. Nelson
Published: 12 October 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7507-4
... between mind and reality—the chapter explores the practices and apparatuses necessary to make people count, to produce truth. exhumations forensic anthropology algebra legal system DNA disappearances human rights truth commission counting techniques police archives trial of General...
Published: 12 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375074-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7507-4
... This chapter revisits the cosmology of indigenous numeracy, drawing on both Mayan and Quechua counting to argue that they engage practices of rectification that support, even as they are not exactly equivalent to, the labors of number in human rights accountancy. The chapter contemplates...
Published: 12 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375074-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7507-4
...—the chapter explores the practices and apparatuses necessary to make people count, to produce truth. exhumations forensic anthropology algebra legal system DNA disappearances human rights truth commission counting techniques police archives trial of General Ríos Montt ...