The Heritage of Thales / Edition 1

The Heritage of Thales / Edition 1

by W.S. Anglin, J. Lambek
     
 

The authors' novel approach to some interesting mathematical concepts - not normally taught in other courses - places them in a historical and philosophical setting. Although primarily intended for mathematics undergraduates, the book will also appeal to students in the sciences, humanities and education with a strong interest in this subject. The first part

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Overview

The authors' novel approach to some interesting mathematical concepts - not normally taught in other courses - places them in a historical and philosophical setting. Although primarily intended for mathematics undergraduates, the book will also appeal to students in the sciences, humanities and education with a strong interest in this subject. The first part proceeds from about 1800 BC to 1800 AD, discussing, for example, the Renaissance method for solving cubic and quartic equations and providing rigorous elementary proof that certain geometrical problems posed by the ancient Greeks cannot be solved by ruler and compass alone. The second part presents some fundamental topics of interest from the past two centuries, including proof of G del's incompleteness theorem, together with a discussion of its implications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387945446
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
08/22/1995
Series:
Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics / Readings in Mathematics Series
Edition description:
1st ed. 1995. Corr. 2nd printing 1998
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
0.88(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

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Table of Contents

Part I: History and Philosophy of Mathematics.- Part II: Foundations of Mathematics.- References.- Index.

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