Joan Richards earned a PhD in the History of Science from Harvard in 1981. Her first bookMathematical Visions: Non-Euclidean Geometry in Victorian Englandfocused on the reception of a geometrical theory in the wider culture of nineteenth century England. Her second bookAngles of Reflectionwas at once a memoir and an exploration of the logical work and family life of Augustus De Morgan. She is currently writing a two-generational family history focusing on changing views of rationality in the Frend/De Morgan family. All of these projectsas well as her many mathematical historical articlesare linked by an abiding interest in the ways that mathematics has served as a model of thinking that has developed in interaction with other approaches to the human mind, be they psychological, spiritual, physical, or even phrenological.
|Richards, Joan Eloge: Erwin Hiebert. Isis. 2014; 105 (1) : 157-160.|
|Richards, Joan L. Raymond Flood ; Adrian Rice ; Robin Wilson (Editors). Mathematics in Victorian Britain . ix + 466 pp., illus., index. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. £29.99 (cloth).. Isis. 2013; 104 (4) : 853-855.|
|Richards, Joan God, Truth and Mathematics in Nineteenth-century England. Theology and Science. 2011; 9 (1) : 53-74.|
|Richards, Joan L. “This Compendious Language”: Mathematics in the World of Augustus De Morgan. Isis. 2011; 102 (3) : 506-510.|
|Richards, Joan L. In Search of the “Sea-Something”: Reason and Transcendence in the Frend/De Morgan Family. Science in Context. 2007; 20 (03) : 509.|
|Richards, Joan L. Historical Mathematics in the French Eighteenth Century. Isis. 2006; 97 (4) : 700-713.|
"Parallel Universes: Natural Theology and the Power of Reason" to appear in a special edition of Science in Context devoted to Knowing and Believing.
With Michael Hobart: "Augustus De Morgan's Logic" to appear in British Logic in the Nineteenth Century, vol 4 of The Handbook of the History of Logic, John Wood editor. Scheduled for publication Spring, 2007.
"'In a rational world all radicals would be exterminated:' Mathematics, Logic and Secular Thinking in Augustus De Morgan's England" Science in Context 15 (2002): 137-164.
Angles of Reflection. W. H. Freeman, 2000.
"The Probable and the Possible in Early Victorian England" in Bernard Lightman ed. Contexts of Victorian Science. Chicago University Press, 1997.
"The History of Mathematics and l'espirit Humain: A Critical Reappraisal" in Osiris Vol. 10. Constructing Knowledge in the History of Science second series 10 (1995) 122-138.
"God, Truth, and Mathematics in Victorian England" in Nye, Richards, and Stuewer eds. The Invention of Physical Science. (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1992) 51-78.
Co-editor with Mary Jo Nye and Rober Stuewer, The Invention of Physical Science: Intersections of Mathematics, Theology and Natural Philosophy since the Seventeenth Century Essays in Honor of Erwin N. Hiebert Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992.
"Rigor and Clarity: Foundations of Mathematics in France and England, 1800- 1840," Science in Context 4 (1991): 297-319.
Mathematical Visions: The Pursuit of Geometry in Victorian England, Academic Press. Fall, 1988.
"Augustus De Morgan, The History of Mathematics and the Foundations of Algebra." Isis. 78 (1987): 6-30.
"Projective Geometry and Mathematical Progress in Victorian Britain" Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 17 (1986): 297-325.
"The Art and the Science of British Algebra: A Study in the Perception of Mathematical Truth," Historia Mathematica 7 (1980): 342-65.
"The Reception of a Mathematical Theory: Non-Euclidean Geometry in England, 1868-1883," in Barry Barnes and Steven Shapin eds. Natural Order: Historical Studies of Scientific Culture. Sage Publications, Beverly Hills, 1979.
"Evolution of Empiricism: The non-Euclidean Geometry of Herman von Helmholtz," British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 28 (September, 1977): 235-253.
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