The denied memory
|Numero in collana||04|
|Collana||Mathemata. Materiali di storia e filosofia della scienza / ISSN 2724-0223|
|Autore||Giovanni Capobianco, Giovanni Ferraro|
|Descrizione||The denied memory|
In this essay, the authors investigate the reasons why the memory of a well-established early nineteenth-century mathematical school – the so-called Neapolitan synthetic school or Fergola’s school – was lost in in the thirty years following the unification of Italy. The damnatio memoriae of Fergola’s school is an intriguing historical question, which becomes even more captivating if one considers that it is not the unique instance of oblivion of a Neapolitan scientist in those years. The authors show that this episode of damnatio memoriae is to be seen in the context of the condemnation and oblivion of the Bourbon government, which played and plays an important role in Italy’s nation-building. The second part of this book includes six appendices with documents useful for the understanding of the history of the synthetic school.
Giovanni Capobianco works at the University of Molise, Italy. His primary area of research is the numerical analysis. He has recently published several papers in various journals on application of numerical methods in computer science and some papers on mathematics education and history of mathematics. Giovanni Ferraro is a researcher in the field of the history of science. He has published seven monographs and several papers in various journals, including Historia Mathematica, Archive for History of Exact Sciences, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Studia Leibnitiana, and Annals of Science.