A history of mathematics

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John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Apr 2, 2011 - Mathematics - 690 pages
The updated new edition of the classic and comprehensive guide to the history of mathematics

For more than forty years, A History of Mathematics has been the reference of choice for those looking to learn about the fascinating history of humankind’s relationship with numbers, shapes, and patterns. This revised edition features up-to-date coverage of topics such as Fermat’s Last Theorem and the Poincaré Conjecture, in addition to recent advances in areas such as finite group theory and computer-aided proofs.

  • Distills thousands of years of mathematics into a single, approachable volume
  • Covers mathematical discoveries, concepts, and thinkers, from Ancient Egypt to the present
  • Includes up-to-date references and an extensive chronological table of mathematical and general historical developments.

Whether you're interested in the age of Plato and Aristotle or Poincaré and Hilbert, whether you want to know more about the Pythagorean theorem or the golden mean, A History of Mathematics is an essential reference that will help you explore the incredible history of mathematics and the men and women who created it.

 

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Contents

Traces
1
Ancient Egypt
8
Mesopotamia
21
Hellenic Traditions
40
Euclid of Alexandria
90
Archimedes of Syracuse
109
Apollonius of Perge
127
Crosscurrents
142
Analysis Synthesis the Infinite and Numbers
300
British Techniques and Continental Methods
348
Euler
406
Pre to Postrevolutionary France
423
Gauss
464
Geometry
483
Algebra
504
Analysis
526

Ancient and Medieval China
175
Ancient and Medieval India
186
The Islamic Hegemony
203
The Latin West
223
The European Renaissance
245
Early Modern Problem Solvers
282
TwentiethCentury Legacies
548
Recent Trends
586
References
601
General Bibliography
633
Index
647
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About the author (2011)

UTA C. MERZBACH is Curator Emeritus of Mathematics at the Smithsonian Institution and Director of the LHM Institute.

The late CARL B. BOYER was a professor of mathematics at Brooklyn College and the author of several classic works on the history of mathematics.

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