Mathematics, Truth, Time, Calculus
Another such mathematical revolution occurred between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and was focused primarily on the calculus. This change was a rejection of the mathematics of powerful techniques and novel results in favor of the mathematics of clear definitions and rigorous proofs. Because this change, however important it may have been for mathematicians themselves, is not often discussed by historians and philosophers, its revolutionary character is not widely understood. In this paper, I shall first try to show that this major change did occur. Then, I shall investigate what brought it about. Once we have done this, we can return to the question asked in the title of this paper.
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Grabiner, Judith V. "Is Mathematical Truth Time-Dependent?" The American Mathematical Monthly 81.4 (April 1974): 354-365.