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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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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Howard Eves spent most of his teaching career at the University of Maine at Orono, and more recently at Central Florida University. For 25 years, he edited the Elementary Problems Section of the American Mathematical Monthly. His books include: Great Moments in Mathematics Before 1650, Mathematical Reminiscences, Introduction to the History of Mathematics, and his two-volume Survey of Geometry.

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