I will address the question “What do historians of mathematics do?” by turning to another: “What is algebra?” In answering this second question, and surveying the way that the answer changes as we move through the centuries, I will highlight some of the problems that face historians of mathematics when it comes to interpreting historical mathematics, and give a flavour of what it means to study the history of mathematics.

Date: 8 May 2017, 17:00 (Monday, 3rd week, Trinity 2017)

Venue: Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG

Venue Details: L3

Speaker: Christopher Hollings (University of Oxford)

Organising department: Mathematical Institute

Organiser: Christopher Hollings (University of Oxford)

Organiser contact email address: christopher.hollings@maths.ox.ac.uk

Host: Christopher Hollings (University of Oxford)

Part of: What do historians of mathematics do?

Topics: Mathematics--History

Booking required?: Not required

Audience: Public

Editor: Christopher Hollings