Serious historians of mathematics have long known that these characterizations of Hilbert, developed out of bad history of the philosophy of mathematics, misread Hilbert and his role in both physics and mathematics.
Historians of economics have not seemed to understand these matters. Rowe , and more directly with articles by Leo Corry in the s, and now expanded and worked out in a great deal more detail in his new book, David Hilbert and the Axiomatization of Physics — Corry, an important historian of 20th century mathematics, begins his discussion of Hilbert and axiomatization with a period of time in the latter part of the 19th century when Hilbert was working both on matters of the foundations of geometry as well as the development of research tools in physics.
It is a model history of science. Nevertheless, there is a great deal here that touches, if only peripherally, on a set of issues that have concerned economists, specifically historians of mathematical economics, for a number of years.
It is not only economists who reconstruct historical figures to make them allies in current controversies. Pragmatic axioms are those that underlie established fields of knowledge that have already become elaborate theories or 2 network[s] of concepts. The axioms allowed deriving the main theorems of these theories. That Hilbert continued to develop these ideas about axiomatization in physics is the concern of Corry in his Chapter 4, looking at his to work on relativity.
In his Chapter 5, Corry examines the discussions of the move from mechanical to electro magnetic reductionism. Recall that the issues of black body radiation, and relativity, were roiling the physics community. What was solid knowledge and what was discredited physics were open questions.
For Hilbert, the role of axiomatization was to lay bare the structure of the known physical theory and the phenomena so that implications could be brought forward. The picture that arises from such an understanding is obviously very far away from the once widespread image of Hilbert as the champion of the formalistic conception of the nature of mathematics.
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The articles highlight research on the role of western economic advisors in China before the Communist Revolution Paul Trescott , John Ryan on minimum wage legislation, a symposium on Clement Juglar, and a comparison of recent work in the history of economics and the history of science. Review essays on new publications examine a range of subjects, including: David Hume's political economy,; conceptions of economic morality in American thought; Frank Knight and the Austrians on institutions; Friedrich Engels; Austrian views on entrepreneurship; Coase and Pigou on government intervention; Hayek and conservatism; the history of the "living wage" notion; methodological consideration of economics and econometrics; and Paul Heyne's essays on economic and ethics.
This collection includes both refereed articles and review essays. David Hume's political economy; conceptions of economic morality in American thought; Frank Knight and the Austrians on institutions; Friedrich Engels; Austrian views on entrepreneurship; Coase and Pigou on government intervention; Hayek and conservatism; the history of the 'living wage' notion; methodological consideration of economics and econometrics; and, Paul Heyne's essays on economic and ethics.
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