Massimo Mazzotti

Massimo Mazzotti's (Department of History, University of California Berkeley) research interests lie at the intersection of the history of science and science studies. He is especially interested in the historicity and situatedness of mathematics, logic, and deductive reasoning, and in the social processes that can make them universally valid. He is also interested in using technological systems and artifacts as ways of entry for the explorations of specific forms of social organization and power distribution. His past and present research projects have focused primarily on the early modern and Enlightenment period, with significant incursions into the nineteenth and twentieth century.

Conférences

"Shifting control: mathematical writing in the age of revolutions"

Dans le cadre du séminaire de S. Desrosiers, M. Chemillier, G. Cifoletti, E. Vandendriessche « Pratiques, artefacts et mathématiques. Ethnomathématique, anthropologie, histoire

Is mathematics primarily about intellectual intuition and the visual, or is it primarily about writing, and portable algorithmic procedures? This age-old question assumes new and urgent meaning in an age of political turmoil and redistribution of authority.

  • Mercredi 13 juin 2018, 15h-17h - EHESS, salle 4, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris

 

"Calculus as spiritual exercise"

Dans le cadre du séminaire de Grégory Chambon et Giovanna Cifoletti « De la pratique à la théorie. Comptes et mesures des marchands en Mésopotamie et en Europe de la Renaissance »

An intepretation of Maria Gaetana Agnesi's Instituzioni Analitiche (1748), the first systematic presentations of the techniques of differential and integral calculus.

  • Jeudi 14 juin 2018,13h-15h - EHESS, salle 3, 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris

 

"History of mathematics as archeology"

Dans le cadre du séminaire de Giovanna Cifoletti « L'algèbre comme art de penser entre cosmographie et mathématiques du négoce »

The first journal of the history of mathematics was founded in Rome, in 1868. That the scientific study of mathematical documents should be supported by the last pope-king is not a coincidence.

  • Mardi 19 juin 2018, 17h-19h - EHESS, salle A04_47, 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris

 

"Algorithmic Life"

Dans le cadre du séminaire « L’algèbre comme art de penser entre cosmographie et mathématiques du négoce », animé par Giovanna Cifoletti

Historians of science and mathematics can offer precious and much needed contributions to contemporary discussions on digital algorithms.

  • Mardi 26 juin 2018, 17h-19h - EHESS, salle A04_47, 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris