A History of Mathematical Notations: Vol. II

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Cosimo, Inc., Jun 1, 2007 - Mathematics - 392 pages
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Described even today as "unsurpassed," this history of mathematical notation stretching back to the Babylonians and Egyptians is one of the most comprehensive written. In two impressive volumes-first published in 1928-9-distinguished mathematician Florian Cajori shows the origin, evolution, and dissemination of each symbol and the competition it faced in its rise to popularity or fall into obscurity. Illustrated with more than a hundred diagrams and figures, this "mirror of past and present conditions in mathematics" will give students and historians a whole new appreciation for "1 + 1 = 2."Swiss-American author, educator, and mathematician FLORIAN CAJORI (1859-1930) was one of the world's most distinguished mathematical historians. Appointed to a specially created chair in the history of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, he also wrote An Introduction to the Theory of Equations, A History of Elementary Mathematics, and The Chequered Career of Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler.
 

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Contents

II
1
III
8
IV
15
V
29
VI
44
VII
48
VIII
61
IX
87
XV
196
XVI
263
XVII
267
XVIII
281
XIX
315
XX
319
XXI
327
XXII
336

X
105
XI
115
XII
126
XIII
142
XIV
180
XXIII
340
XXIV
341
XXV
343
XXVI
351
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