Detlef Laugwitz is mainly known for his by-now-standard biography of Riemann:

as noted in this answer. He has written on Cauchy, as for example this text:

Laugwitz, Detlef. Infinitely small quantities in Cauchy's textbooks. Historia Math. 14 (1987), no. 3, 258–274.

How is Laugwitz's work on Cauchy viewed by historians today and why? I am interested in the historians' own position on the matter (rather than the opinions of SE editors).

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    $\begingroup$ Didn't you answer it here? arxiv.org/abs/1108.2885 $\endgroup$ – Conifold Jan 31 '16 at 21:53
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    $\begingroup$ Just read the reviews of the book by historians. $\endgroup$ – Alexandre Eremenko Feb 1 '16 at 1:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Conifold, I have my own position on the matter. I was wondering what the historians themselves think of it. $\endgroup$ – Mikhail Katz Feb 1 '16 at 7:32
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexandreEremenko, that's a reply that can be given to any question on SE. $\endgroup$ – Mikhail Katz Feb 1 '16 at 7:33
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    $\begingroup$ @katz: I beieve you. Laugwitz's book is on my reading list. But not the 100 items you mention about Cauchy:-) The life is short, and history is only a hobby for me, not the principal occupation. $\endgroup$ – Alexandre Eremenko Feb 1 '16 at 22:00

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