By John Ewing

ISBN-10: 0883854570

ISBN-13: 9780883854570

This can be the tale of yank arithmetic up to now century. It comprises articles and excerpts from a century of the yank Mathematical per 30 days, giving the reader a chance to skim all 100 volumes of this renowned arithmetic journal with no truly commencing them. It samples arithmetic 12 months by way of yr and decade through decade. The reader can glimpse the mathematical neighborhood on the flip of the century, the talk approximately Einstein and relativity, the debates approximately formalism in common sense, the immigration of mathematicians from Europe, and the frantic attempt to prepare because the struggle begun. newer articles care for the arrival of desktops and the alterations they introduced, and with many of the triumphs of recent examine.

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41 His sanguinity stemmed from a belief that "[t]he vast majority [of cases were] useless and worse than useless for any purpose of systematic study" because "the number of fundamental legal doctrines [was] much less than . . commonly supposed," 42 and most cases did not embody important doctrines. " 43 Langdell's system was substantively conservative despite the fact that it was methodologically innovative. His "fundamental legal doctrines" were the equivalent of the "rules" and "principles" announced 28 TORT LAW IN AMERICA by early nineteenth-century lecturers like Joseph Story at Harvard or Theodore Dwight at Columbia.

Langdell's analysis of cases ignored their historical context. " 45 Several of Langdell's fellow scientists differed with him on the question of whether "scientifically" derived principles were capable of change or, once extracted from cases, were static entities. Holmes, for example, remained enthusiastic about law as a science from the 1870s until at least 1899 M and praised Langdell's work in 1871; " however, in 1881 he called Langdell a representation of "the powers of darkness," whose Contracts casebook was "[a] .

As the ambit of legal concerns in America widened and diversified, different localities adopted different rules of special pleading. In another age, the balkanization of pleading rules might have been intellectually offensive; in early nineteenth-century America, however, jur isprudential order was not universally prized. But with each relaxation of the technicalities of pleading, there was a concomitant loss of certainty and predictability about substantive legal rules. And so it was only a matter of time before the value of the writ system would be undermined as well.

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