Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences, Volume 1

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Ivor Grattan-Guinness
Routledge, 1994 - Mathematics - 1806 pages
Mathematics is one of the most basic and ancient types of knowledge, and yet few know much about its historical development. This encyclopedia aims to recover our mathematical heritage, examining the history and philosophy of the mathematical sciences in a cultural context, and tracing their evolution from ancient times to the 20th century. In 176 articles contributed by authors of 18 nationalities, this encyclopedia describes and analyzes the variety of theories, proofs and techniques, as well as practical applications of pure, applied and statistical mathematics. It demonstrates the importance of mathematics today, treating its historical interactions with the related disciplines of physics, astronomy, engineering, philosophy and the social sciences. It also covers the history of higher education in mathematics and the growth of institutions and organizations connected with the development of the subject.

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About the author (1994)

I. Grattan-Guinness is Professor of the History of Mathematics and Logic at Middlesex University. Founder of the journal "History and Philosophy of Logic" and past President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, he has authored or edited numerous books, including "The Norton History of Mathematics, Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences," and "Convolutions in French Mathematics, 1800-1840.

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