The Study of the History of Mathematics, and the Study of the History of Science

The Study of the History of Mathematics, and the Study of the History of Science

The Study of the History of Mathematics, and the Study of the History of Science

The Study of the History of Mathematics, and the Study of the History of Science

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I am grateful to Dover Publications for issuing, at a relatively low price, new editions of these two little books of mine which have long been out of print. Each of them contains two parts: first, a text explaining the meaning of the history of science (or the history of mathematics) and, second, a bibliography facilitating additional studies. These bibliographies are not up-to-date but contain the essential down to time of first publication. Readers who are sufficiently inquisitive will be able to complete them easily by referring to my book Horus, A Guide to the History of Science, published by Chronica Botanica, Waltham, Mass., in 1952. But even that is not absolutely up-to-date, for up-to-dateness in an evanescent quality in a world changing as fast as ours. Readers wanting the very latest information on the history of science should consult regularly in a public library, or better still at home, the current number of Isis, An International Quarterly Review devoted to the History of Science, edited by I. Bernard Cohen , Widener Library 189, Cambridge 38, Mass.

The main thing is to understand that in a world dominated by scientific methods and inventions the history of science should be the keystone of higher education.

Christmas 1954 GEORGE SARTON

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