Joan Richards earned her PhD in the History of Science from Harvard in 1980 with a dissertation on the reception of non-Euclidean geometry in nineteenth-century England, and has been a professor in the History Department of Brown University since 1982. Her primary interests remain focused on the ways developments in mathematics are entwined with understandings of reason. Her particular project is “Generations of Reason,” a book-length study of the ways three generations of an English family interpreted what it meant to lead their lives as humans who were defined by the power of reason. In addition to finishing the manuscript for this book, she will be participating in “The Simplicity Seminar: What is Simplicity in Mathematics and the Sciences?”
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