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Postdoctoral researcher at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, where I am the director of the GACR-junior project: "Mathematics in the Czech lands, from the Jesuit teaching to Bernard Bolzano" (2019-2021).




- Laurea (BA) obtained at Milan University, 2005; Master 1 in Logic Philosophy History and Sociology of Sciences (LOPHISS), 2006; Master 2 LOPHISS, 2007.

- Ancien Elève of Ecole Normale Supérieure (2005-2008).

- Phd (2008-2014) under the supervision of Marco Panza, on history and philosophy of mathematics: "the problem of the quadrature of the circle between XVIIth and XVIIIth century, and the status of impossibility proofs".

- January 2016- March 2018: Postdoctoral researcher. The Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC.

- April 2016 - July 2018: DAAD postdoctoral grantee. Leibniz Bibliothek Hannover, Hannover, GERMANY.

- April 2018: Postdoctoral fellowship in the project MATHESIS – Leibniz’s Unpublished Geometrical Manuscripts, Edition and Commentary (ANR-17-CE27-0018) directed by David Rabouin.

Research Interests

- History of geometry from antiquity to early modern Age.

- Philosophy of mathematical practices, with particular interest for the role of diagrams in mathematical practice and for the status of problems of impossibility in early modern mathematics.

- History of mathematical education, sociology of sciences.

Main publications


- Crippa, D., 2019. The impossibility of squaring the circle in the 17th century. A debate between J. Gregory, Huygens, and Leibniz . Birkhäuser Basel, collection : "Frontiers in the History of Science" (Springer), May 2019. ISBN: 978-3-030-01638-8.

Chapters in books

- Crippa, D. "One string attached: geometrical exactness in Leibniz’s Parisian manuscripts", Forthcoming, 2019.

- Crippa, D., 2018. "On Leibniz’s theorem about the impossibility of squaring the circle and its relation with James Gregory’s Vera Circuli Quadratura", in Quaderns d’historia de l’enginyeria, ed. Mª Rosa Massa-Esteve, Antoni Roca Rosell, 2018, pp. 209-232.

- Crippa, D., 2017. "The impossibility of solving the universal quadrature of the circle in Leibniz’s De Quadratura Arithmetica". In Pisano R., Fichant M., Bussotti P., Oliveira A.R.E. (eds)., The Dialogue between Sciences, Philosophy and Engineering. New Historical and Epistemological Insights. Homage to Gottfried W. Leibniz 1646 –1716. College Publications, London.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

- Crippa, D., 2017. Descartes on the Unification of Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry Via the Theory of Proportions, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 73, no. 3–4 (2017): 1239-58, DOI10.17990/RPF/2017.