Mathematical Style

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[Revised entry by Paolo Mancosu on August 9, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The essay begins with a taxonomy of the major contexts in which the notion of 'style' in mathematics has been appealed to since the early twentieth century. These include the use of the notion of style in comparative cultural histories of mathematics, in characterizing national styles, and in describing mathematical practice. These developments are then related to the more familiar treatment of style in history and philosophy of the natural sciences where one distinguishes 'local' and...

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