Episodes in the Mathematics of Medieval Islam / Edition 1

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Overview

This book presents episodes from the mathematics of medieval Islam, work which has had a great impact on the development of mathematics. The author describes the subject in its proper historical context, referring to specific Arabic texts. Among the topics discussed are decimal arithmetic, plane and spherical trigonometry, algebra, interpolation and approximation of roots of equations. This book should be of great interest to historians of mathematics, as well as to students of mathematics. The presentation is readily accessible to anyone with a background in high school mathematics.

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J.L. Berggren

Episodes in the Mathematics of Medieval Islam

"[The] first book of its kind . . . Very interesting. It is definitely the product of a skillful mathematician who has collected over the years a reasonably large number of interesting problems from medieval Arabic mathematics. None of them is pursued to exhaustion, but all of them arranged in such a way, together with accompanying exercises, so that they would engage an active mind and introduce a subject."

—ZENTRALBLATT MATH

"This is a most scholarly book. The presentation is in the style of a textbook; each of the six chapters being followed by a set of exercises and a bibliography. … There is a good table of contents and a comprehensive index. … This is an excellent book full of information and thought-provoking ideas. It is worthy of careful study which will lead to a greater understanding of what the Islamic world has contributed to mathematics." (D.Stander, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 89 (515), 2005)

"Written in 1986 and inspired by Asger Aaboe’s classic Episodes in the Early History of Mathematics, this book contains a wealth of classroom-ready examples of much of the mathematics one finds in high school and early college … . Springer has taken the right step by issuing a paperback edition to get the book into the hands of a more general readership. … The re-issue of this gem is significant and welcomed. It will enrich your classes and deepen your perspective on mathematics and culture." (Glen van Brummelen, The MAA Mathematical Sciences Digital Library, January, 2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387406053
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/4/2003
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1986
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 0.46 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Islamic Arithmetic; 3. Geometrical Constructions in the Islamic World; 4. Algebra in Islam; 5. Trigonometry in the Islamic World; 6. Spherics in the Islamic World; Index.

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