Digital Hands ON - ARIANNA BETTI (University of Amsterdam): "The Spread of Wolff’s Mathematical Method in 18th century Germany - A Data-Driven Investigation"
|When:||Th 14-04-2022 16:00 - 17:00|
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In this webinar, Arianna Betti (University of Amsterdam) will discuss The Spread of Wolff’s Mathematical Method in 18th century Germany - A Data-Driven Investigation.
The Spread of Wolff’s Mathematical Method in 18th century Germany - A Data-Driven Investigation is a joint project with Hein van den Berg, Maria Chiara Parisi and Yvette Oortwijn.
We give a data-driven, quantitative assessment of the spread of Wolff’s mathematical method. To do so, we model Wolff’s mathematical method as a special take on traditional axiomatics (or as a variant of it). Along the way, we find incomparably stronger conceptual continuity in 18th century Germany’s sources on scientific method than commonly thought, with differences being on conceptually rather minor points (the relation between axioms and definitions).
Our quantitative assessment backs up purely qualitative work stressing continuity
between Wolff and e.g. Crusius, Kant and Lambert. These authors, in our terms, endorsed traditional axiomatics but were critical of Wolff’s specific variant.