## The Rainbow of Mathematics: A History of the Mathematical SciencesHe charts the growth of mathematics through its refinement by ancient Greeks and then medieval Arabs, to its systematic development by Europeans from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. This book describes the evolution of arithmetic and geometry, trigonometry and algebra; the interplay between mathematics, physics, and mathematical astronomy; and "new" branches such as probability and statistics. Authoritative and comprehensive, The Rainbow of Mathematics is a unique account of the development of the science that is at the heart of so many other sciences. Originally published under the title The Norton History of the Mathematical Sciences. |

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User Review - mobill76 - LibraryThingThis is just awesome! This is exactly what's missing from textbooks. Oh yeah, you get little blurbs about Descartes and Pascal but this is the whole story. This is what makes mathematics interesting ... Read full review

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User Review - fpagan - LibraryThingLengthwise, 800 pages. Subjectwise, covers (the history of) most of the main branches of math. Difficultywise, not hard reading but technical clarity could be better. Placewise, more than 80% Europe. Timewise, more than 50% 1800s, with nothing after "the Great War." Read full review

### Contents

Previewing the rainbow | 3 |

Invisible origins and ancient traditions | 18 |

from the early Middle | 104 |

The calculus and its consequences | 257 |

Analysis and mechanics at centre stage | 303 |

Institutions and the profession after | 347 |

Mathematical analysis | 364 |

The expanding world of algebras | 409 |

Mechanics and mathematical physics | 439 |

International mathematics but the rise | 479 |

The new century to the Great | 654 |

Revie wing the rainbow | 719 |

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