851-0182-00L  From Economy to Mathematics and Back: A History of Interactions

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersR. Wagner
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


851-0182-00 SFrom Economy to Mathematics and Back: A History of Interactions2 hrs
Thu14:15-16:00IFW C 31 »
R. Wagner

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course will review several historical episodes where economy shaped mathematics, and where mathematics re-shaped economy.
ObjectiveStudents will understand how different fields of knowledge can interact in various historical situations. They will also be able to describe various episodes in the history of mathematics and economy.
ContentThe first part of the course will study how practices related to money and commerce affected the development of mathematics in antiquity and the middle ages. The second part will study how mathematical entities shaped the study of various economic problems in the 19th and 20th century. We will review methodologies based on Marxist historiography, sociology of science and contemporary science studies.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersR. Wagner
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe grading of the course will be based on weekly homework tasks and a final essay.

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Places30 at the most
Waiting listuntil 07.03.2021

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