An Introduction to Mathematics

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Oxford University Press, Oct 1, 1992 - Law - 191 pages
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This distinguished little book offers a brisk introduction to a series of mathematical concepts, a history of their development, and a concise summary of how today's reader may use them.
 

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Contents

The Abstract Nature of Mathematics
1
Variables
7
Methods of Application
14
Dynamics
27
The Symbolism of Mathematics
39
Generalizations of Number
49
Imaginary Numbers
61
Imaginary Numbers continued
72
Functions
107
Periodicity in Nature
121
Trigonometry
128
Series
144
The Differential Calculus
162
Geometry
176
Quantity
183
Bibliography
187

Coordinate Geometry
81
Conic Sections
93

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Alfred North Whitehead, British mathematician and philosopher, died in 1947. He is the author of many books, and is the co-author, with Bertrand Russell, of the monumental Principia Mathematica.

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