The Birth of Mathematics: Ancient Times to 1300

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Infobase Publishing, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 148 pages
From 700 BCE to CE 1300, thousands of scholars from many different civilizations introduced mathematical ideas that established the foundations of arithmetic, number theory, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, as well as the related sciences of astronomy and physics. Although we know very little about specific individuals who made important mathematical discoveries in Babylonia, Egypt, and China, historians in Arabia, ancient Greece, India, and medieval Italy preserved a more complete record, including the identities of some of the innovators. The Birth of Mathematics profiles 10 individuals from these four cultures during this time period as representatives of the numerous scholars who contributed to the field of mathematics. Each chapter contains information on the person's research, discoveries, and contributions to the field and concludes with a list of print and Internet references specific to that individual.
 

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The purpose of this book is to provide a history of mathematics up until 1300 and it achieves this goal. Although the book can be dry at points, does not contain many pictures and is printed in black ... Read full review

Contents

1 Thales of Miletus
1
2 Pythagoras of Samos
14
3 Euclid of Alexandria
29
4 Archimedes of Syracuse
43
5 Hypatia of Alexandria
57
6 Aryabhata I
67
7 Brahmagupta
79
8 Abu Jafar Muhammad ibn Musa alKhwarizmı
92
9 Omar Khayyam
104
10 Leonardo Fibonacci
117
Glossary
129
Further Reading
139
Associations
144
Index
145
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