History of Mathematics, Volume 1
Volume I of an unusually clear and readable two-volume history — from Egyptian papyri and medieval maps to modern graphs and diagrams. Non-technical chronological survey with thousands of biographical notes, critical evaluations, and contemporary opinions on over 1,100 mathematicians.
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Offensive tone in this book....
Smith interchangeably uses the terms "primitive savage" and "the lower races." We can understand that primitive peoples would have had a primitive understanding of mathematical concepts, but his use of the term "lower races" is simply ignorant.
TIIE PERIOD FROM 1000 B C TO 300 B C
THE ORIENT FROM 1000 TO 1500
THE PERIOD FROM 500 TO 1000
THE OCCIDENT FROM 1000 TO 1500
THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY