The history of mathematics: a brief courseThis pragmatic, issuesoriented 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

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Origins  5 
Ancient Egyptian Mathematics  25 
Mesopotamia  43 
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Ahmose AlKhwarizmi algebra algorithm angle Apollonius application approximation Archimedes arithmetic Aryabhata astronomy axis Book Brahmagupta calculus called Cavalieri's principle chapter Chinese chord circle coefficients complex numbers computation concept conic sections considered construction cube cubic equation curve Descartes diameter Diophantus dirhems discussion distance divided Egyptian ellipse equal Euclid Euclidean Euclidean algorithm example Exercise fact Fermat Figure finite follows formula functions geometry given gives Greek Hence Hindu infinite integers intersection known large number Leibniz length line segments mathematicians mathematics measure method modern motion multiplied number theory pair Pappus Papyrus parallel parallel postulate plane polynomial principle problem proof Proposition proved Ptolemy Pythagorean theorem quadratic equations quantities question radius ratio rational numbers rectangle result right triangle scholars Seki Kowa side solution solve sphere square root straight line subtraction tangent treatise University variables velocity word