The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue

The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue

by William Dunham
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691136262

ISBN-13: 9780691136264

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

More than three centuries after its creation, calculus remains a dazzling intellectual achievement and the gateway into higher mathematics. This book charts its growth and development by sampling from the work of some of its foremost practitioners, beginning with Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the late seventeenth century and continuing to Henri

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More than three centuries after its creation, calculus remains a dazzling intellectual achievement and the gateway into higher mathematics. This book charts its growth and development by sampling from the work of some of its foremost practitioners, beginning with Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the late seventeenth century and continuing to Henri Lebesgue at the dawn of the twentieth—mathematicians whose achievements are comparable to those of Bach in music or Shakespeare in literature. William Dunham lucidly presents the definitions, theorems, and proofs. "Students of literature read Shakespeare; students of music listen to Bach," he writes. But this tradition of studying the major works of the "masters" is, if not wholly absent, certainly uncommon in mathematics. This book seeks to redress that situation.

Like a great museum, The Calculus Gallery is filled with masterpieces, among which are Bernoulli's early attack upon the harmonic series (1689), Euler's brilliant approximation of pi (1779), Cauchy's classic proof of the fundamental theorem of calculus (1823), Weierstrass's mind-boggling counterexample (1872), and Baire's original "category theorem" (1899). Collectively, these selections document the evolution of calculus from a powerful but logically chaotic subject into one whose foundations are thorough, rigorous, and unflinching—a story of genius triumphing over some of the toughest, most subtle problems imaginable.

Anyone who has studied and enjoyed calculus will discover in these pages the sheer excitement each mathematician must have felt when pushing into the unknown. In touring The Calculus Gallery, we can see how it all came to be.

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ISBN-13:
9780691136264
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
754,533
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xiii
INTRODUCTION 1
CHAPTER 1: Newton 5
CHAPTER 2: Leibniz 20
CHAPTER 3: The Bernoullis 35
CHAPTER 4: Euler 52
CHAPTER 5: First Interlude 69
CHAPTER 6: Cauchy 76
CHAPTER 7: Riemann 96
CHAPTER 8: Liouville 116
CHAPTER 9: Weierstrass 128
CHAPTER 10: Second Interlude 149
CHAPTER 11: Cantor 158
CHAPTER 12: Volterra 170
CHAPTER 13: Baire 183
CHAPTER 14: Lebesgue 200
Afterword 220
Notes 223
Index 233

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