Cauchy's conception of rigour in analysis

  title={Cauchy's conception of rigour in analysis},
  author={Frank Smithies},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • F. Smithies
  • Published 1 March 1986
  • Philosophy
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
This paper is an expanded form of an address given at a meeting of the British Society for the History of Mathematics in September 1983. Augustin Louis Cauchy lived from 1789 to 1857. Between 1814 and 1824 he undertook a thorough reorganisation of the foundations of analysis, aiming, as he put it, to make the treatment of the subject as rigorous as that of geometry. He expounded his new framework in two textbooks, to which we shall refer briefly as the Analyse algebrique [1821a] and the Calcul… 
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