A Station Favorable to the Pursuits of Science: Primary Materials in the History of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy / Edition 1

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Brand new. We distribute directly for the publisher. This book reveals the rich collection of mathematical works located at the nation's first military school, the U.S. Military ... Academy at West Point. It outlines the relevant history of the Academy, discusses the mathematics department and curriculum, and describes the development of the library during the nineteenth century. A major part of this book is an annotated catalog of the more than 1300 works published between 1496 and 1915 found in the West Point library.Mathematics and its instruction greatly influenced the development of the Academy, the technological growth of America's army, and the standards of the military profession. These events, in turn, were crucial to the overall development of mathematics, mechanics, and engineering during the nineteenth century in the United States. Three individuals played a prominent role in this chronicle: Sylvanus Thayer, Charles Davies, and Albert Church.Listed are rare and historically valuable works in a broad range of mathematical subjects. The collection clearly shows the strong European influence on the early Academy. Also listed are numerous textbooks by West Point faculty and graduates; significant contributions were made by these writers to algebra, geometry, calculus, descriptive geometry, mechanics, surveying, and mathematics education.This book provides an important resource for the general audience as well as for those in pursuit of more scholarly information. It contains many interesting photographs and valuable details about the West Point collection. It is a must-have for anyone interested in mathematical books and collections.Co-published with the London Mathematical Society beginning with Volume 4. Members of the LMS may order directly from the AMS at the AMS member price. The LMS is registered with the Charity Commissioners. Read more Show Less

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This book reveals the rich collection of mathematical works located at the nation's first military school, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It outlines the relevant history of the Academy, discusses the mathematics department and curriculum, and describes the development of the library during the nineteenth century. A major part of this book is an annotated catalog of the more than 1300 works published between 1496 and 1915 found in the West Point library. Mathematics and its instruction greatly influenced the development of the Academy, the technological growth of America's army, and the standards of the military profession. These events, in turn, were crucial to the overall development of mathematics, mechanics, and engineering during the nineteenth century in the United States. Three individuals played a prominent role in this chronicle: Sylvanus Thayer, Charles Davies, and Albert Church. Listed are rare and historically valuable works in a broad range of mathematical subjects. The collection clearly shows the strong European influence on the early Academy. Also listed are numerous textbooks by West Point faculty and graduates; significant contributions were made by these writers to algebra, geometry, calculus, descriptive geometry, mechanics, surveying, and mathematics education. This book provides an important resource for the general audience as well as for those in pursuit of more scholarly information. It contains many interesting photographs and valuable details about the West Point collection. It is a must-have for anyone interested in mathematical books and collections.

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A catalogue of the mathematical material in the West Point collection, inspired when the head of the mathematics department there realized that no one knew whether anything valuable was in it. In fact they range from works by Regiomonanus in 1496 to Darboux in 1917. The arrangement is chronological, and there is no index. The catalogue is supported by background essays and appendices with the 1803 catalog and a sampling of portraits and frontispieces in the collection. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780821820599
  • Publisher: American Mathematical Society
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: History of Mathematics Series , #18
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272

Table of Contents

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Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
1 Science and the Formation of USMA 1
2 The Formation and Development of the Library 6
3 Teaching Mathematics and Mechanics at West Point 11
4 The West Point Collection 22
5 Organization of the Catalog 30
6 References 36
Ch. 2 Catalog of the West Point Collection 41
App. 1 "Catalog of 1803" 235
App. 2 Photographs 238
App. 3 Portraits in the Collection 269
App. 4 Frontispieces in the Collection 271
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