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History of Mathematics  

The research of the group focuses mainly on:

- Italian mathematics after political Unification, with particular emphasis on the geometry and on the figures of Luigi Cremona, Corrado Segre, Guido Castelnuovo and Federigo Enriques

- The foundations of geometry in Italy between the 19th and the 20th century

- The origin and development of complex function theory

- E. Cartan’s contributions to the theory of Lie groups and the development of Riemannian geometry


The current activities of the research group include:

- The edition of Guido Castelnuovo’s lecture notes on both "Geometria superiore" and "Matematiche complementari"

- The edition of a volume of the Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Federigo Enriques

- The edition of the volume Ser. I, IV/b (cordes vibrantes) of Jean Le Rond d’Alembert’s Œuvres complètes

- The preparation of the archive of Cremona’s correspondence and official papers as well as the publication on line of parts of this archive

Key words

Italian Mathematics. History of: algebraic geometry, Riemannian geometry, foundations of geometry, analytic function theory, theory of Lie groups. Cremona’s Archive, Castelnuovo’s notebooks. E. Cartan, L. Cremona, C. Segre, G. Castelnuovo, F.Enriques.


U. Bottazzini, La patria ci vuole eroi. Matematici e vita politica nell’Italia del Risorgimento, Zanichelli, Bologna 2013, 432 pp. ISBN 978-88-08-19491-6

U. Bottazzini - J. J. Gray. Hidden Harmony - Geometric Fantasies. The Rise of Complex  Function Theory, Springer New York, 2013, XII + 808 pp., ISBN 978-1-4614-5724-4

P. Gario - C. Ciliberto, The First Years in Bologna,  in: Mathematicians in Bologna, 1861-1960, S. Coen ed., Birkhäuser, Basel 2012, 105-142. ISBN978-3-0348-0226-0

A. Brigaglia - S. Di Sieno, The Luigi Cremona Archive of the Mazzini Institute of Genoa, Historia Mathematica 38 (2011) 96-110

A. Cogliati, On the genesis of the Cartan–Kähler theory, Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 65 (2011) 397-435. 


People of the  Departiment di Mathematics
Umberto BOTTAZZINI    info
Paola GARIO                           info
Simonetta DI SIENO    info
Alberto COGLIATI post doc 
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