What enabled the production of mathematical knowledge in complex analysis?
José Gerardo Piña-Aguirre 1 * , Rosa María Farfán Márquez 1
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1 Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Cinvestav-IPN), México City, MEXICO* Corresponding Author


With the objective of identifying intrinsic forms of mathematical production in complex analysis (CA), this study presents an analysis of the mathematical activity of five original works that contributed to the development of Cauchy’s integral theorem. The analysis of the mathematical activity was carried out through the identification of the types of expressions used and the way they were used by the historical subjects when communicating their results, to subsequently identify transversal elements of knowledge production. The analysis was refined by the notion of confrontation, which depicts the development of mathematical knowledge through the idea of building knowledge against previous knowledge. As a result of the study we established epistemological hypothesis, which are conceived as conjectures that reveal ways in which mathematical knowledge was generated in CA.


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Article Type: Research Article

INT ELECT J MATH ED, Volume 18, Issue 2, May 2023, Article No: em0734


Publication date: 01 Apr 2023

Online publication date: 25 Feb 2023

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