Purity and resentment in newspapers: the arrival of modern mathematics in Brazil

Rogério Monteiro da Siqueira

Abstract


This paper discusses some articles published in the lay media by two influential Brazilian scientists: Manoel Amoroso Costa (1885-1928) and Newton Affonso Carneiro da Costa (1929- ). These articles show that the subjects typically addressed in studies of logic and philosophy of mathematic were similar to the European ones, however, from a very particular perspective. They were mainly made by engineers, and published in media not devoted to pure mathematics. Moreover, a large part of the public attentive to modern mathematics in Brazil was lay.

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