Making up history: A comment on Pratten
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Stephen Pratten's critique of mathematical formalism in the discipline of economics does not provide an adequate definition of formalism and his use of the term bears little resemblance to common mathematical usage. Furthermore, Pratten abuses the history of economics by inventing an imaginary tradition of opposition to formalism among Cambridge economists. © Institute of Economic Affairs 2004.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1111/j.1468-0270.2004.t01-1-00490.x
Publication InfoWeintraub, ER (2004). Making up history: A comment on Pratten. Economic Affairs, 24(3). pp. 46-49. 10.1111/j.1468-0270.2004.t01-1-00490.x. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/2053.
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Professor Emeritus of Economics
Roy Weintraub was trained as a mathematician though his professional career has been as an economist. Beginning in the early 1980s, his research and teaching activities focused upon the history of the interconnection between mathematics and economics in the twentieth century. This work, in the history of economics, has helped shape the understanding of economists and historians: his General Equilibrium Theory (1985), Stabilizing Dynamics (1991),