People

Nicolas Michel

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Sep 2018-Dec 2018)

Nicolas Michel is a PhD student at the University Paris-Diderot, where he studies the emergence of enumerative geometry in the nineteenth century and works with the research team SPHERE (CNRS, UMR 7219).

Nicolas studied mathematics and philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon from 2012 to 2015, graduating in both fields. He then went to the University Paris-Diderot for his MSc in history and philosophy of science, which he obtained in 2016 with a dissertation on Michel Chasles’ geometrical theory of attraction.

He has recently given talks on the history of nineteenth-century geometry as well as on related philosophical and epistemological issues at various institutions, such as the CIRM (Luminy), the IHP (Paris), and the Biennal Conference of the ESHS (London).

Projects

The Shaping of Generality in the Emergence of Enumerative Geometry (1852–1900)

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

"On the Permanent Reshaping of Mathematical Objects"

ESHS Biennal Conference, UCL Institute of Education, London

"The Generality of a Computation, Through the Exchanges Between Halphen, Schubert, and Zeuthen"

Seminar, History  and Philosophy of Mathematics,Université Paris-Diderot

"Une proposition 'tantôt vraie, tantôt fausse': autour de la controverse Chasles-De Jonquières"

Journée de la Revue d‘Histoire des Mathématiques, Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris

"Euclid's Porisms Lost and Regained: Ancient Traditions, Modern Reconstructions"

Research School "The Flux of Mathematics," CIRM, Luminy

"On Chasles' Geometrical Theory of Attraction"

Workshop, Mathematics and Mechanics in the Newtonian Age, University of Sevilla