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    The question I like to think of as hypo-allergenic to historians of mathematics currently has three votes to re-open. Would anyone like to discuss their reasons for thus voting, or offer arguments why it should remain closed?

    What is worth ? Surprising and unexpected things. The good answers to this question would fit to this category. I want to give a chance for this. Vote to reopen.

    @Ryan Budney. I think OP means very specific social influence - as illustrated by example of Luzin's school. So it is not everything under the sun.

    It's hard for me to imagine a field of mathematics that isn't influenced by social context. IMO the question is asking for everything under the sun.

    • CommentAuthorHJRW
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2012

    I like the question (though I haven't voted to reopen). It doesn't ask for everything under the sun, because it asks for 'interesting and well-sourced examples'.

    Irrelevantly, Yemon, I don't understand what you mean by 'hypo-allergenic' in this context.