Mathematics and the Sociology of Knowledge

  title={Mathematics and the Sociology of Knowledge},
  author={Sal Restivo},
  pages={127 - 144}
  • S. Restivo
  • Published 1 September 1982
  • Philosophy
  • Knowledge
The influence of financial practice in developing mathematical probability
The paper observes that vestiges of medieval scholastic attitudes to financial ethics can be discerned in the FTAP, offering a novel interpretation of the mathematical theorem, the fundamental theorem of asset pricing (FTAP), the foundational theory of contemporary financial mathematics.
Numbers in Arnhem Land: value and difference in a postcolonial mathematic
logics which gather more and more particulars as mere cases of a general proposition or concept. In employing this Western metaphysical frame, I began with the difference between Yolŋu and Western
Jeberti Women Traders’Innumeracy. Its Impact on Commercial Activity in Eritrea
AbstractThis study examines critically how cultural traditions of counting and calculating effect normal transactions among illiterate (innumerate) women traders and peasant customers in and around
Number and Numeracy in Early Greek Literature
The issue of Greek numeracy before c. 550 BC has been neglected, though an understanding of it is necessary to appreciate the intellectual history of Greece in the archaic period. After the Bronze
Mathematics and culture
Crump, Thomas. The Anthropology of Numbers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. x + 201 pp. including bibliography and index. $49.50 cloth. Ascher, Marcia. Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural


The Chimerical Cat: Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective
The establishment of the Heisenberg-Schrodinger quantum mechanics in 1926 was undoubtedly the most important event m the history of twentieth-century science - for science itself, even if not for
Parallels and Paradoxes in Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism: II — A Sociological Perspective on Parallelism
In this sequel to my paper on the nature and pitfalls of the argument that there are parallels between modern physics and ancient mysticism, I discuss parallelism as a strategy in intellectual
Mathematics and the limits of the sociology of knowledge
one science of numbers, forever self-identical in its content.&dquo; Spengler (1926, pp.59-60), by contrast, not only affirms the possibility of a sociology of mathematical knowledge but defends the
Tinkering toward success:
Epistemology has traditionally taken on the task of justifying this knowledge by attributing to science a specific rationality, most often located in its method of inquiry.! But when this project