A History of Mathematics

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 25, 2011 - Mathematics - 688 pages
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The updated new edition of the classic and comprehensive guide to the history of mathematics

For more than forty years, "A History of Mathematics" has been the reference of choice for those looking to learn about the fascinating history of humankind's relationship with numbers, shapes, and patterns. This revised edition features up-to-date coverage of topics such as Fermat's Last Theorem and the Poincare Conjecture," " in addition to recent advances in areas such as finite group theory and computer-aided proofs. Distills thousands of years of mathematics into a single, approachable volume Covers mathematical discoveries, concepts, and thinkers, from Ancient Egypt to the present Includes up-to-date references and an extensive chronological table of mathematical and general historical developments.

Whether you're interested in the age of Plato and Aristotle or Poincare and Hilbert, whether you want to know more about the Pythagorean theorem or the golden mean, "A History of Mathematics" is an essential reference that will help you explore the incredible history of mathematics and the men and women who created it."


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A rather dull book. I know it is old, but I've read older (math) books that were far more interesting. It isn't the material, it is the way it is presented. There is no enthusiasm for the topic at ... Read full review


Foreword to the Second Edition
Ancient Egypt
Arithmetic Pragmatism
Apollonius ofPerge
Ancient and Medieval India
The Islamic Hegemony
The European Renaissance
Analysis Berlin andGöttingen atMidcentury Riemann inGöttingen

The Latin West

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About the author (2011)

Uta C. Merzbach is Curator Emeritus of Mathematics at the Smithsonian Institution and Director of the LHM Institute

The late Carl B. Boyer was a professor of Mathematics at Brooklyn College and the author of several classic works on the history of mathematics.

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