Bos, H. J. M.
Overview
Works:  113 works in 220 publications in 4 languages and 2,357 library holdings 

Genres:  History Conference proceedings Biography Exhibition catalogs Catalogs Terminology Records and correspondence Bibliography‡vExhibition catalogs 
Roles:  Author, Editor, Contributor, Correspondent, Redactor, Recipient, Honoree, Compiler 
Classifications:  QA21, 510.9 
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Most widely held works by
H. J. M Bos
From the calculus to set theory, 16301910 : an introductory history(
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17 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
17 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Social history of nineteenth century mathematics by
Herbert Mehrtens(
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11 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
11 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lectures in the history of mathematics by
H. J. M Bos(
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16 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
16 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Redefining geometrical exactness : Descartes' transformation of the early modern concept of construction by
H. J. M Bos(
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10 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In his "Géométrie" of 1637 Descartes achieved a monumental innovation of mathematical techniques by introducing what is now called analytic geometry. Yet the key question of the book was foundational rather than technical: When are geometrical objects known with such clarity and distinctness as befits the exact science of geometry? Classically, the answer was sought in procedures of geometrical construction, in particular by ruler and compass, but the introduction of new algebraic techniques made these procedures insufficient. In this detailed study, spanning essentially the period from the first printed edition of Pappus' "Collection" (1588, in Latin translation) and Descartes' death in 1650, Bos explores the current ideas about construction and geometrical exactness, noting that by the time Descartes entered the field the incursion of algebraic techniques, combined with an increasing uncertainty about the proper means of geometrical problem solving, had produced a certain impasse. He then analyses how Descartes transformed geometry by a redefinition of exactness and by a demarcation of geometry's proper subject and procedures in such a way as to incorporate the use of algebraic methods without destroying the true nature of geometry. Although mathematicians later essentially discarded Descartes' methodological convictions, his influence was profound and pervasive. Bos' insistence on the foundational aspects of the "Géométrie" provides new insights both in the genesis of Descartes' masterpiece and in its significance for the development of the conceptions of mathematical exactness
10 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In his "Géométrie" of 1637 Descartes achieved a monumental innovation of mathematical techniques by introducing what is now called analytic geometry. Yet the key question of the book was foundational rather than technical: When are geometrical objects known with such clarity and distinctness as befits the exact science of geometry? Classically, the answer was sought in procedures of geometrical construction, in particular by ruler and compass, but the introduction of new algebraic techniques made these procedures insufficient. In this detailed study, spanning essentially the period from the first printed edition of Pappus' "Collection" (1588, in Latin translation) and Descartes' death in 1650, Bos explores the current ideas about construction and geometrical exactness, noting that by the time Descartes entered the field the incursion of algebraic techniques, combined with an increasing uncertainty about the proper means of geometrical problem solving, had produced a certain impasse. He then analyses how Descartes transformed geometry by a redefinition of exactness and by a demarcation of geometry's proper subject and procedures in such a way as to incorporate the use of algebraic methods without destroying the true nature of geometry. Although mathematicians later essentially discarded Descartes' methodological convictions, his influence was profound and pervasive. Bos' insistence on the foundational aspects of the "Géométrie" provides new insights both in the genesis of Descartes' masterpiece and in its significance for the development of the conceptions of mathematical exactness
Studies on Christiaan Huygens : invited papers from the Symposium on the Life and Work of Christiaan Huygens, Amsterdam, 2225
August 1979 by Symposium on the Life and Work of Christiaan Huygens(
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9 editions published in 1980 in English and German and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
9 editions published in 1980 in English and German and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two decades of mathematics in the Netherlands, 19201940 : a retrospection on the occasion of the bicentennial of the Wiskundig
Genootschap(
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5 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Newton and Leibniz by
Margaret E Baron(
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4 editions published in 1974 in English and German and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
4 editions published in 1974 in English and German and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bibliotheek Descartes by
René Descartes(
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1 edition published in 2011 in Dutch and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Klassieke wetenschapsfilosofische tekst waarin de Franse wijsgeer (15961650) de grondlijnen van zijn filosofie uittekent, gevolgd door drie bijbehorende natuurfilosofische/wetenschappelijke essays
1 edition published in 2011 in Dutch and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Klassieke wetenschapsfilosofische tekst waarin de Franse wijsgeer (15961650) de grondlijnen van zijn filosofie uittekent, gevolgd door drie bijbehorende natuurfilosofische/wetenschappelijke essays
Mechanical instruments in the Utrecht University Museum by
Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht(
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5 editions published in 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published in 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traité de la lumière by
Christiaan Huygens(
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3 editions published in 1990 in Dutch and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1990 in Dutch and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The calculus in the eighteenth century by
H. J. M Bos(
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6 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
6 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Een onvermoeide arbeid komt alles te boven" : de Bibliothecae mathematica, paedagogica en biographica van David Bierens de
Haan : catalogus bij een tentoonstelling in de Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden, 3 juli3 augustus 2003 by
Kasper van Ommen(
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2 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in Dutch and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
2 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in Dutch and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The correspondence of René Descartes 1643 by
René Descartes(
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4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Differentials, higher order differentials and the derivative in the Leibnizian calculus by
H. J. M Bos(
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5 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Christiaan Huygens' the pendulum clock, or, Geometrical demonstrations concerning the motion of pendula as applied to clocks by
Christiaan Huygens(
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3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Christiaan Huygens : le temps en question : 350e anniversaire de naissance : Institut néerlandais, Paris, 2 mars  16 septembre
1979, Musée Boerhaave, Leyde, 14 avril  16 septembre 1979 by
France) Institut néerlandais (Paris(
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1 edition published in 1979 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 1979 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The calculus in the eighteenth century I : foundations by
H. J. M Bos(
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2 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
2 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The world as a mathematical game : John von Neumann and twentieth century science by
Giorgio Israel(
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2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A comprehensive scientific and intellectual biography of John von Neumann, a man who perhaps more than any other is representative of twentieth century science
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A comprehensive scientific and intellectual biography of John von Neumann, a man who perhaps more than any other is representative of twentieth century science
From summetria to symmetry : the making of a revolutionary scientific concept by
Giora Hon(
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2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"The concept of symmetry is inherent to modern science, and its evolution has a complex history that richly exemplifies the dynamics of scientific change. This study is based on primary sources, presented in context: the authors examine closely the trajectory of the concept in the mathematical and scientific disciplines as well as its trajectory in art and architecture. The principal goal is to demonstrate that, despite the variety of usages in many different domains, there is a conceptual unity underlying the invocation of symmetry in the period from antiquity to the 1790s which is distinct from the scientific usages of this term that first emerged in France at the end of the 18th century. The key figure in revolutionizing the concept of symmetry is the mathematician, AdrienMarie Legendre. His achievements in solid geometry (1794) are contrasted with the views of the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, on the directionality of space (1768)."BOOK JACKET
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"The concept of symmetry is inherent to modern science, and its evolution has a complex history that richly exemplifies the dynamics of scientific change. This study is based on primary sources, presented in context: the authors examine closely the trajectory of the concept in the mathematical and scientific disciplines as well as its trajectory in art and architecture. The principal goal is to demonstrate that, despite the variety of usages in many different domains, there is a conceptual unity underlying the invocation of symmetry in the period from antiquity to the 1790s which is distinct from the scientific usages of this term that first emerged in France at the end of the 18th century. The key figure in revolutionizing the concept of symmetry is the mathematician, AdrienMarie Legendre. His achievements in solid geometry (1794) are contrasted with the views of the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, on the directionality of space (1768)."BOOK JACKET
Patterns of change : linguistic innovations in the development of classical mathematics by
Ladislav Kvasz(
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2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"This book offers a reconstruction of linguistic innovations in the history of mathematics; innovations which changed the ways in which mathematics was clone, understood and philosophically interpreted. It argues that there are at least three ways in which the language of mathematics has been changed throughout its history, thus determining the lines of development that mathematics has followed." "The book offers tools of analysis by means of which scholars and students of the history and philosophy of mathematics can attain better understanding of the various changes, which the subject of their study underwent in the course of history. The book brings also important insights for mathematics education connecting growth of language with the development of mathematical thought."Jacket
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"This book offers a reconstruction of linguistic innovations in the history of mathematics; innovations which changed the ways in which mathematics was clone, understood and philosophically interpreted. It argues that there are at least three ways in which the language of mathematics has been changed throughout its history, thus determining the lines of development that mathematics has followed." "The book offers tools of analysis by means of which scholars and students of the history and philosophy of mathematics can attain better understanding of the various changes, which the subject of their study underwent in the course of history. The book brings also important insights for mathematics education connecting growth of language with the development of mathematical thought."Jacket
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 Mehrtens, Herbert Author Editor
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 Descartes, René 15961650 Author
 Huygens, Christiaan 16291695 Honoree Author
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 Grootendorst, A. W. Author
 Bertin, E. M. J.
 Baron, Margaret E. Author
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Aesthetics Architecture Calculus Clock and watch making Clocks and watches Descartes, René, Dibner, Bern Differential calculus Geometrical constructions Geometry Gravitation Gravity Horology Humanities Huygens, Christiaan, Huygens' principle Light Mathematicians Mathematics MathematicsPhilosophy Netherlands NetherlandsUtrecht Optics Pendulum Physical instruments Physics Reflection (Optics) Refraction Refraction, Double Science SciencePhilosophy Scientists Symmetry United States Von Neumann, John, Wave theory of light
Alternative Names
Bos, H. J. M.
Bos, Hendrik Jan Maarten.
Bos, Hendrik Jan Maarten 1940
Bos, Henk.
Bos, Henk J.
Bos, Henk, J. M.
Bos, Henk J.M. 1940
Henk Bos
Henk Bos niederlndischer Mathematikhistoriker
Henk J. M. Bos Historian of mathematics
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