Great Moments in Mathematics (before 1650)

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MAA, 1983 - Mathematics - 270 pages
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An inclusive look at pre-1650 mathematics, this collection of lectures covers discoveries by Pythagoras, Euclid, Archimedes, Ptolemy, Diophantus, Omar Khayyam, Fibonacci, Napier, Galileo, Kepler, Cavalieri and more.
  

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Professor William Dunham writes about one of the greatest mathematicians who has lived. Leonhard Euler (pronounced "oiler" or "OILa") lived from 1707 to 1783 and produced a massive volume of papers ... Read full review

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Contents

LECTURE TWO The greatest Egyptian pyramid
8
LECTURE FOUR The first great theorem
26
LECTURE FIVE Precipitation of the first crisis
43
LECTURE SEVEN First steps in organizing mathematics
62
LECTURE NINE The thinker and the thug
83
LECTURE ELEVEN The first great number theorist
110
LECTURE TWELVE The syncopation of algebra
126
LECTURE FOURTEEN The poetmathematician of Khorasan
148
LECTURE FIFTEEN The blockhead
160
LECTURE SEVENTEEN Doubling the life of the astronomer
182
LECTURE NINETEEN Slicing it thin
206
Hints for the solution of some of the exercises
229
Index
261
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