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dc.contributor.authorMorrison, Amie
dc.contributor.authorFalconer, Isobel Jessie
dc.identifier.citationMorrison , A & Falconer , I J 2022 , ' Women's participation in mathematics in Scotland, 1730-1850 ' , British Journal for the History of Mathematics , vol. 37 , no. 1 , pp. 2-23 .
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-7076-9136/work/112333783
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dc.description.abstractThe eighteenth century saw a flourishing of scientific and philosophical thought throughout Scotland, known as the Scottish Enlightenment. The accomplishments of prominent male figures of this period have been well documented in all disciplines. However, studies of women’s experiences are relatively sparse. This paper partially corrects this oversight by drawing together evidence for women’s participation in mathematics in Scotland between 1730 and 1850. In considering women across all social classes, it argues for a broad definition of ‘mathematics’ that includes arithmetic and astronomy, and assesses women’s opportunities for engagement under three headings: education, family, and sociability. It concludes that certain elements of Scottish Enlightenment culture promoted wider participation by women in mathematical activities than has previously been recognized, but that such participation continued to be circumscribed by societal views of the role of women within family formation.
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Journal for the History of Mathematicsen
dc.rightsCopyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en
dc.subjectWomen’s historyen
dc.subjectHistory of mathematicsen
dc.subjectScottish historyen
dc.subjectHN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reformen
dc.subjectJN1187 Scotlanden
dc.subjectQA Mathematicsen
dc.titleWomen's participation in mathematics in Scotland, 1730-1850en
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Pure Mathematicsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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