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Literary Movements in Math Writing

I am wondering if there is some analog for literary movements in writing (e.g., romanticism/post-modernism) for mathematics or the sciences as a whole. I would think there would be similarly large ...
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Did Ibn Al-Haytham believe that the Moon reflects sunlight or that it is self-luminous?

There are at least two articles about Ibn Al-Haytham in Encyclopedia First and Second Both these articles have one major difference that is according to the First article: The Light of the Stars (III ...
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Nicollet and the notions of systematic and random errors

I recently read Ken Alder's "The measure of all things" about the first steps of the metric system definition. The project described in the book was the measure the meridian arc between ...
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Historical example of research papers being misinterpreted due to poor wording and creating controversy?

Is there any example of major controversy in the scientific community caused due to poor wording and/or misinterpretation of words?
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Historical example of research papers being misinterpreted due to poor wording and creating controversy? [duplicate]

Is there any example of major controversy in the scientific community caused due to poor wording and/or misinterpretation of words?
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How did Kepler's teacher Mästlin calculate the Golden section?

In a letter to Kepler, his former professor Michael Mästlin mentioned that he had calculated the golden section to the 9th decimal place. Why was it considered notable? What method$^\dagger$ did ...
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Did Egon Pearson have a PhD?

Did the statistician Egon Pearson have a PhD? If not, to what extent did he write a dissertation?
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In which units did Sir Isaac Newton define force at that time as SI system didn't existed then?

Sir Isaac Newton led the foundation of his famous laws of motion during the 17th Century but at that time SI system hadn't existed. So in which units did he define force? Did he define it in some ...
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Need quote from early 20th century about humanity probably never being able to control (manipulate, see?) a single quantum system

I remember having read a statement, I think by one of the founding fathers of quantum mechanics, that we will probably never be able to control (or manipulate or see or isolate...?) a single quantum ...
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What are examples of theories in recent history of science and mathematics that were hold pretty long but turned out non-true?

The atomic theory was already present in ancient Greece. In the nineteenth century it was disputed only to return with a vengeance later on. Likewise the geocentric view was replaced by the helio ...
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What paradoxes did David Hilbert propose?

Google just won't tell me about any other than "the grand hotel". I know of the Turing paradox but did he propose any other? If yes, which?
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Galileo's discovery of the independence of motion

It is well-known that Galileo was the first one to state that motions in different dimensions (or components) are independent of one another. Where is this in Galileo's writings?
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What makes the musical isomorphism, musical?

From what I understand the musical isomorphism is the formal way to speak about raising the index of a vector field, refer but what I don't understand is why it's called the musical isomorphism! In ...
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When did the notion of space, geometric space appear?

When in history did the notion of space, geometric space appear? I. e. when in history geometric space was treated or thought of as a whole, as the site in which all geometric objects exist? When I ...
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History of PSL(2,Z)

I want to know the mathematician who named PSL(2,Z) as the modular group first. Also I would be pleased if someone suggest me some papers about the history of the modular group. Thanks a lot in ...
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References to Scientists in Art and Poetry

Is there any collection or list of artworks both literary and visual which make homage to Scientists(Mathematicians and Physicists specifically)? I am not necessarily thinking of portraits, instead ...
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Is it true that Empress Elisabeth of Austria did math?

I have encountered a user on Math Stack Exchange with writing in his bio that Empress Elisabeth of Austria ("Sisi") did some math and she was famous for an unsolvable integral: $$\int_{0}^{1}...
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Has physics ever given a physical significance to a mathematically abstract idea?

Consider a fundamental concept in maths that was created to 'solve' a problem that simply couldn't be solved by any other approach (or maybe for some other reason). Now let's assume that this concept ...
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Definition of ordinal multiplication

The ordinal multiplication $\cdot$ can be defined recursively via ordinal addition $+$ for any ordinal $\alpha$ as follows: $\alpha\cdot 0=0$. $\alpha\cdot (\beta+1)=\alpha\cdot \beta+\alpha$ for any ...
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How did Gauss, Ampere and Biot-Savart derive their laws?

Gauss' law for electricity and magnetism, Ampere's law and Biot-Savart's law — all of these laws are crucial for understanding electromagnetism and Maxwell's equations. But I want to know how each of ...
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Best history of Maxwell and his equations

I've done my B.S. in Electrical Engineering as well as mathematics but I'd like to get a proper, or complete history of Maxwell and the history of his derivation of the equations and the newness of ...