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Volume 12, Issue 4, 2015, pp. 2767–2858
DOI: 10.4171/OWR/2015/47

Published online: 2016-06-27

History of Mathematics: Models and Visualization in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Jeremy J. Gray[1], Ulf Hashagen[2], Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen[3] and David E. Rowe[4]

(1) The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
(2) Deutsches Museum, M√ľnchen, Germany
(3) University of Copenhagen, Denmark
(4) Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

This workshop brought together historians of mathematics and science as well as mathematicians to explore important historical developments connected with models and visual elements in the mathematical and physical sciences. It addressed the larger question of what has been meant by a model, a notion that has seldom been subjected to careful historical study. Most of the talks dealt with case studies from the period 1800 to 1950 that covered a number of analytical, geometrical, mechanical, astronomical, and physical phenomena. The workshop also considered the role of visual thinking as a component of mathematical creativity and understanding.

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Gray Jeremy, Hashagen Ulf, Hoff Kjeldsen Tinne, Rowe David: History of Mathematics: Models and Visualization in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Oberwolfach Rep. 12 (2015), 2767-2858. doi: 10.4171/OWR/2015/47