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Call for Authors: Studies in the History of Mathematical Enquiry

By: , Posted on: August 9, 2016

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This series publishes across the full range of mathematical enquiry, considered in its thematic, geographical, and historiographical vertices. It consists of germane historical, historiographical, sociological, epistemological, geographical, and biographical treatments pertaining to the development and expansion of mathematics and prominent mathematicians.

The series provides informed studies on mathematicians and their work in historical context, on historiographical topics in the history of mathematics, and on the interrelationships between mathematical ideas, science, and the broader culture. This includes the social status of mathematicians. During the historical development of mathematics there have been large shifts in the way in which mathematical activity has been situated institutionally, what publics it has interacted with and served, how its result have been disseminated, and how the internal structure of the field has been understood. Thus, the series includes research in topics that can be broadly defined as “sociological” or devoted to “historiographical” issues, e.g. books that answer questions concerning the social and economic context, and also the “image” of mathematics received by the large public of non-specialists.

The intended audiences serviced by the series includes mathematicians, scientists in fields related to mathematics, scholars in the history of mathematics and exact sciences, historians of science, undergraduate and graduate students, anyone who seeks to understand the role of mathematics in the human culture.

The series addresses the following key subjects:

  • Historical treatments of thematic branches of mathematical inquiry.
  • Treatments of the historical development of mathematics in geographical regions.
  • The foundations of mathematical inquiry in its epistemology, philosophical, linguistic and biological considerations.
  • Interdisciplinary treatments dealing with the intersection between mathematical inquiry and the development of other sciences.
  • Sociological aspects of the development of mathematical inquiry.
  • Biographical treatments of noted mathematicians.

For prospective authors interested in publishing their work in this series, please download a New Book Proposal Form and submit, together with copies of your CVs, and a sample chapter of 15-25 pages (if available), to Graham Nisbet (

SERIES EDITOR: Umberto Bottazzini
EDITORIAL BOARD: Christian Gilain, Niccolò Guicciardini, Alexander Jones, Han Qi, David E. Rowe, Tilman Sauer

View the Elsevier Heritage Collection – and a Math Article from 1646!

Elsevier’s Heritage Collection consists of about 2,000 rare books, of which 1,000 are distinct titles published by the original Elzevier family publishing house between 1580 and 1712. Housed in museum-quality display cases in Elsevier’s headquarters in Amsterdam, the collection is open to researchers, by appointment.

You can also view the books online in the Elsevier Heritage Collection Catalogue which includes a free download of a marked up mathematics text, from 1646, from the journal of Opera Mathematica.

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