The Oxford Handbook of Generality in Mathematics and the Sciences
Oxford University Press
Chemla, Karine; Chorlay, Renaud; Rabouin, David
28 Jul 2016
Generality is a key value in scientific discourses and practices. Throughout history, it has received a variety of meanings and of uses. This collection of original essays aims to inquire into this diversity. Through case studies taken from the history of mathematics, physics and the life sciences, the book provides evidence of different ways of understanding the general in various contexts. It aims at showing how individuals have valued generality and how they
have worked with specific types of "general" entities, procedures, and arguments.