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A tale of mathematical myth-making: E. T. Bell and the ‘arithmetization of algebra’

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Throughout E. T. Bell’s writings on mathematics, both those aimed at other mathematicians and those for a popular audience, we find him endeavouring to promote abstract algebra generally, and the postulational method in particular. Bell evidently felt that the adoption of the latter approach to algebra (a process that he termed the ‘arithmetization of algebra’) would lend the subject something akin to the level of rigour that analysis had achieved in the nineteenth century. However, despite p...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1080/17498430.2015.1048640

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Mathematical Inst
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Author
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis Publisher's website
Journal:
BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics Journal website
Volume:
31
Issue:
1
Pages:
69-80
Publication date:
2015-01-01
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EISSN:
1749-8341
ISSN:
1749-8430
URN:
uuid:96809f79-7c8a-4e5f-8da7-4d1084619034
Source identifiers:
519340
Local pid:
pubs:519340
Language:
English

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