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Publications Influence

The origins of Cauchy's rigorous calculus

- J. Grabiner
- Mathematics
- 23 April 1981

This book explores the background of a major intellectual revolution: the rigorous reinterpretation of the calculus undertaken by Augustin-Louis Cauchy and his contemporaries in the first part of the… Expand

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Effects of the Scopes Trial

- J. Grabiner, P. D. Miller
- Science
- 6 September 1974

Readers may choose their own villain in the story we have told. Like us, some will find the greatest culpability in the scientific community itself, for the large-scale failure to pay attention to… Expand

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Was Newton’s Calculus a Dead End? The Continental Influence of Maclaurin’s Treatise of Fluxions

- J. Grabiner
- Mathematics
- 1 May 1997

(1997). Was Newton's Calculus a Dead End? The Continental Influence of Maclaurin's Treatise of Fluxions. The American Mathematical Monthly: Vol. 104, No. 5, pp. 393-410.

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Who Gave You the Epsilon? Cauchy and the Origins of Rigorous Calculus

- J. Grabiner
- Mathematics
- 1 March 1983

Perhaps this exchange will remind us that the rigorous basis for the calculus is not at all intuitive—in fact, quite the contrary. The calculus is a subject dealing with speeds and distances, with… Expand

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The Changing Concept of Change: The Derivative from Fermat to Weierstrass

- J. Grabiner
- Mathematics
- 1 September 1983

First the derivative was used, then discovered, explored and developed, and only then, defined.

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A Historian Looks Back: The Calculus as Algebra and Selected Writings

- J. Grabiner
- Mathematics
- 31 December 2010

Introduction Part I. The Calculus as Algebra: Introduction 1. The development of Lagrange's ideas on the calculus: 1754-1797 2. The algebraic background of the theory of analytic functions 3. The… Expand

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A Mathematician among the Molasses Barrels: Maclaurin's Unpublished Memoir on Volumes

- J. Grabiner
- Mathematics, Philosophy
- 1 June 1996

Suppose we are given a solid of revolution generated by a conic section. Slice out a frustum of the solid [ 14 , diagrams pp. 77, 80]. Then, construct a cylinder, with the same height as the frustum,… Expand

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The Centrality of Mathematics in the History of Western Thought.

- J. Grabiner
- Mathematics
- 1 October 1988

context of mathematics from the hardware store with the rest of the tools and bring it back to the university. To do this, I will discuss some major developments in the history of ideas in which… Expand

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Why Proof? A Historian’s Perspective

- J. Grabiner
- Philosophy
- 2011

The history of mathematics provides evidence that proofs let mathematicians distinguish between true results and merely plausible ones; that the careful formulation of arguments allows them to see… Expand

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