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Evolution of Mathematical Concepts: An Elementary Study

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Accessible to students and relevant to specialists, this remarkable book by a prominent educator offers a unique perspective on the evolutionary development of mathematics. Rather than conducting a survey of the history or philosophy of mathematics, Raymond L. Wilder envisions mathematics as a broad cultural phenomenon. His treatment examines and illustrates how such concepts as number and length were affected by historic and social events.
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Overview

Accessible to students and relevant to specialists, this remarkable book by a prominent educator offers a unique perspective on the evolutionary development of mathematics. Rather than conducting a survey of the history or philosophy of mathematics, Raymond L. Wilder envisions mathematics as a broad cultural phenomenon. His treatment examines and illustrates how such concepts as number and length were affected by historic and social events.
Starting with a brief consideration of preliminary notions, this study explores the early evolution of numbers, the evolution of geometry, and the conquest of the infinite as embodied by real numbers. A detailed look at the processes of evolution concludes with an examination of the evolutionary aspects of modern mathematics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486490618
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Dover Books on Mathematics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,397,492
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Preliminary Notions
2. Early Evolution of Number
3. Evolution of Geometry
4. The Real Numbers: Conquest of the Infinite
5. The Processes of Evolution
6. Evolutionary Aspects of Modern Mathematics
Bibliography
Index

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