History of Mathematics, Volume 1

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Courier Dover Publications, 1958 - Mathematics - 596 pages
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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.

Contents

CHAPTER
1
TIIE PERIOD FROM 1000 B C TO 300 B C
9
THE ORIENT FROM 1000 TO 1500
106
THE PERIOD FROM 500 TO 1000
148
lTFJl
205
THE OCCIDENT FROM 1000 TO 1500
214
THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
292
New Wonua
353
THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
387
20
405
22
425
35
489
53
517
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE
549
306
579
177
587

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About the author (1958)

David E. Smith is a professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.