Date of Award
Master of Science
William R. Wade
Charles Collins, Philip Schaefer, Mary Sue Younger
We investigate the origins of mathematical societies and journals. We argue that the origins of today’s professional societies and journals have their roots in the informal gatherings of mathematicians in 17th century Italy, France, and England. The small gatherings in these nations began as academies and after gaining government recognition and support, they became the ancestors of the professional societies that exist today. We provide a brief background on the influences of the Renaissance and Reformation before discussing the formation of mathematical academies in each country.
Savage, Eric S., "The Origins of Mathematical Societies and Journals. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2010.