Physical description 
xv, 293 pages ; 24 cm. 
Series 
Writing science ; 1. 

Writing science ; 1.

Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references. 
Contents 
1. Prologue: The Origins of the Exploration Narrative 6  2. Breaking Alien Coastlines 16  3. Mathematical Empires 69  4. Seeing the Truth: Hariot and the Structure of Matter 98  5. "The Club of Hercules": Hariot's Mathematical Atomism 130  6. Navigating Mathematical Oceans 171  Appendix A Mathematical Narrative 205  Appendix B Hariot's Method of Calculating Meridional Parts 214. 
Summary 
This challenging book argues that a new way of speaking of mathematics and describing it emerged at the end of the 16th century. Leading mathematicians began referring to their field in terms drawn from the exploration accounts of Columbus and Magellan. Many of those who promoted the vision of mathematics as heroic exploration also played central roles in developing the most important mathematical innovation of the period the infinitesimal methods, which the author shows was no coincidence. 
Subject 
Mathematics  History  16th century.


Mathematics  History  17th century.


Discoveries in geography.

ISBN 
0804732604 (cloth : alk. paper) 
