The history of mathematics: a brief course

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Wiley, Oct 7, 1997 - History - 530 pages
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This pragmatic, issues-oriented history traces the discovery, solution, and application of mathematical problems

From the arithmetic of the ancient Egyptians to the intricacies of postcalculus math, The History of Mathematics: A Brief Course focuses on how mathematics has developed over the centuries. Roger Cooke has selected the most intriguing and significant problems in the history of mathematics and asked of each one: Why was it important? How was it solved? How was its solution applied? Did its solution lead to further advances in the field

The carefully selected topics in this book include

  • The nature and origins of mathematics
  • Early Western mathematics as practiced by the Egyptians, the Mesopotamians, the Greeks, and the Romans
  • Non-Western traditions, including Hindu, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Islamic mathematics
  • The development of modern mathematics from the Middle Ages to the calculus and other seventeenth-century discoveries to today's number theory
  • The relationship of modern mathematics to science
  • Contemporary issues in mathematics, including the role of women and minorities.
p>This readable, up-to-date study is ideal for undergraduate courses in mathematics and mathematics education. Everyone interested in the field will want to keep a copy of The History of Mathematics close at hand

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Roger Cooke is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Vermont. For many years he has taught a general introduction to the history of mathematics.

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