Tragic mathematics: romantic narratives and the refounding of mathematics in the early nineteenth century.

  • Amir Alexander
  • Published 2006 in
    Isis; an international review devoted to the…


A new, Romantic type of mathematical story appeared in the early nineteenth century that was radically different from the sober narrative characteristic of the previous generation of mathematicians. At the same time, a new mathematical practice emerged that differed sharply from the understanding and practice of mathematics during the Enlightenment. These… (More)


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