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Colóquio – História da Matemática e Economia

“Orador: Professor Ivor Grattan-Guinness (Middlesex University)


Mathematical economics took much positive influence from classical mechanics, especially between the 1860s and the 1920s, and equilibrium was a prime target for imitation. After reviewing the main traditions of mechanics, I consider the history of its effect upon economics, I note three particular areas where this influence was not at all rapid; then I treat the place of mechanical principles, especially equilibrium, in the work of some major neo-classical economists. Finally, the merits of these influences will be assessed.”

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