The Norton History of the Mathematical Sciences: The Rainbow of Mathematics

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - 817 Seiten
Beginning with the Babylonian and Egyptian mathematicians of antiquity, Ivor Grattan-Guinness 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. The 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, "succeeding masterfully in viewing the history of mathematics from a new perspective".
 

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Nutzerbericht  - mobill76 - LibraryThing

This 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 ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - fpagan - LibraryThing

Lengthwise, 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." Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Previewing the rainbow
1
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
geometries 18001860
364
The expanding world of algebras
413
Mechanics and mathematical physics
439
International mathematics but the rise
479
The new century to the Great
654
Reviewing the rainbow
719
BIBLIOGRAPHY
763
PUBLISHERS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
789
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Über den Autor (1998)

Ivor Grattan-Guinness is professor of the history of mathematics and logic at Middlesex University, England.

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