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Mathematical traditions in Greece and Rome

Cuomo, Serafina

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There were different ways of doing mathematics in the ancient Greek and Roman world. This essay will explore historiographical approaches to this diversity, from the claim that there were different traditions, to explorations of the social status of mathematicians, to attempts to go beyond written traditions in order to reconstruct practices. I will draw on Jean Lave’s studies on situation-specific mathematics to try and tease out the power relationships and underlying assumptions behind different histories of the evidence available to us.


Cuomo, S. (2019). Mathematical traditions in Greece and Rome. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 9(1), 75-85.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Apr 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 15, 2019
Journal HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
Electronic ISSN 2049-1115
Publisher HAU Society for Ethnographic Theory
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 75-85


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