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Speaker:

Tomoko L. Kitagawa
Date:

Wed, 23/09/2015 - 16:30 - 17:30
Location:

MPIM Lecture Hall What is the history of mathematics? And who is it written for? This talk introduces the world history of mathematics in the 17th century to a general audience; unlike the conventional approach of viewing the history of mathematics in order to make a comparison between different parts of the world, this talk traces the pathway of mathematical ideas across nations, and observes the 17th century world on a global scale. We will start our journey in Kyoto, and will investigate the intellectual cultures of Europe and China. The presentation uses various techniques of digital humanities.

**Tomoko L. Kitagawa**is a historian based in Cambridge, England. She is an author of five books in Japanese, including a national bestseller (2012) and the most recent one on the history of mathematics (2015). Her bachelor degree is in mathematics, and she has worked as a state diplomat before receiving her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University (2009). She taught history at Harvard University (2009-2012), where she was awarded a teaching certificate for three successive years and cited as one of the Class 2012’s Favorite Professors.

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