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Mathematical exchanges: case studies (18th to 20th centuries)

Special thematic issue of Philosophia Scientiæ 19/2 (June, 2015)

Invited editors: Hélène Gispert, Philippe Nabonnand and Jeanne Peiffer

Deadline of submission: May 1st, 2014

Notification: October 1st, 2014

In mathematics, the study of the production process must take into account the mechanisms of circulation, which are an integral part of it, as well as the various kinds of circulation or exchange that take place. The multiple exchanges between the (individual, collective or abstract) actors involved in the process of production are thus an element essential to analyse. In a first approach, we can distinguish three kinds of exchange (even if these are often entangled): oral communication, which needs the simultaneous presence of the protagonists, correspondences and circulation of printed texts.

The volume will be dedicated to the study of the most important vectors of circulation: newspapers, books, teaching, conferences, meetings, academies, travels, personal encounters in institutions or outside…. Its aim is to characterize the nature of these exchanges, starting from a series of case studies taken in a long temporal perspective (from the Enlightenment to the first half of the 20th century). These studies are meant to put into light the dynamics underlying the building of communities and mathematical disciplines, but also the breaks induced by specialization, professionalization, the growing role of the market, etc.

Manuscripts must be submitted in English or in French, and prepared for an anonymous refereeing process. A summary in French and a summary in English (200-300 words) are to be included.

The length of the papers should not exceed 7250 words or 42000 signs (spaces, summaries and footnotes included).

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