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March 30th, 2014, 11:23 PM   #1
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What does a math historian do?
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What does a math historian do?
According to what I've heard non-math historians say, draw conclusions that aren't there.

They look at the early development of mathematics to see what concepts were developed where and by who, what the focus of math in different times and places was, and so forth. It's a minor interest of mine; two years ago I went to a fair number of history of mathematics talks at the JMM. (Not so much this year because I was busier.)
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"It depends on the historian. Most historians of mathematics probably have deep associations with mathematics in some way, but being a mathematician it is not required any more than a sports historian should be a professional athelete. But surely the more mathematics one knows the more one tends to appreciate its history."
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