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Joaquim Berenguer Clarià
L'aportació de Tomàs Cerdà en la introducció del càlcul diferencial i integral a l'Espanya del segle XVIII
Supervisor/s: Maria Rosa Massa Esteve
Date of defense: 07-09-2011

The development of Differential and Integral Calculus in the eighteenth century in Europe as a scientific discipline is not a new topic. But it has often used to focus the view of this topic from the “centre” and from the well known scientists as Isaac Newton or Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. The main character in this project maybe, for many people, is not a well known figure; Tomàs Cerdà is a teacher in Barcelona and in Madrid during the last half of the eighteenth century, who “translates” English authors to Spanish, but, with his practice, he is really introducing the new Calculus in Spain and giving orientation on this new discipline to his disciples. The main topics of our paper will be how and why Cerdà decides who will be his guide on the introduction of Differential and Integral Calculus and which will be his own contributions in this work. Then, our task has focused on a better understanding of popularisation process of scientific knowledge, always in a way where this one is an active part of the building process of this knowledge.