A Concise History of MathematicsThis compact, wellwritten history — first published in 1948, and now in its fourth revised edition — describes the main trends in the development of all fields of mathematics from the first available records to the middle of the 20th century. Students, researchers, historians, specialists — in short, everyone with an interest in mathematics — will find it engrossing and stimulating. Beginning with the ancient Near East, the author traces the ideas and techniques developed in Egypt, Babylonia, China, and Arabia, looking into such manuscripts as the Egyptian Papyrus Rhind, the Ten Classics of China, and the Siddhantas of India. He considers Greek and Roman developments from their beginnings in Ionian rationalism to the fall of Constantinople; covers medieval European ideas and Renaissance trends; analyzes 17th and 18thcentury contributions; and offers an illuminating exposition of 19th century concepts. Every important figure in mathematical history is dealt with — Euclid, Archimedes, Diophantus, Omar Khayyam, Boethius, Fermat, Pascal, Newton, Leibniz, Fourier, Gauss, Riemann, Cantor, and many others. For this latest edition, Dr. Struik has both revised and updated the existing text, and also added a new chapter on the mathematics of the first half of the 20th century. Concise coverage is given to set theory, the influence of relativity and quantum theory, tensor calculus, the Lebesgue integral, the calculus of variations, and other important ideas and concepts. The book concludes with the beginnings of the computer era and the seminal work of von Neumann, Turing, Wiener, and others. "The author's ability as a firstclass historian as well as an able mathematician has enabled him to produce a work which is unquestionably one of the best." — Nature Magazine. 
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User Review  Will Johnson  GoodreadsI'm disappointed because the book is just a list of people and the texts they've written essentially. What I'm really looking for is context around mathematical discoveries. Read full review
Review: A Concise History of Mathematics
User Review  GoodreadsI'm disappointed because the book is just a list of people and the texts they've written essentially. What I'm really looking for is context around mathematical discoveries. Read full review
Contents
Introduction  1 
The Beginnings  9 
The Ancient Orient  19 
Greece  37 
The Orient After the Decline of Greek Society  65 
The Beginnings in Western Europe  77 
The Seventeenth Century  93 
The Eighteenth Century  117 
The Nineteenth Century  141 
The First Half of the Twentieth Century  189 
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