The History of Mathematics: An Introduction / Edition 7

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The History of Mathematics: An Introduction, Seventh Edition, is written for the one- or two-semester math history course taken by juniors or seniors, and covers the history behind the topics typically covered in an undergraduate math curriculum or in elementary schools or high schools. Elegantly written in David Burton’s imitable prose, this classic text provides rich historical context to the mathematics that undergrad math and math education majors encounter every day. Burton illuminates the people, stories, and social context behind mathematics’ greatest historical advances while maintaining appropriate focus on the mathematical concepts themselves. Its wealth of information, mathematical and historical accuracy, and renowned presentation make The History of Mathematics: An Introduction, Seventh Edition a valuable resource that teachers and students will want as part of a permanent library.
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New edition of a text for junior and senior undergraduate students, and accessible to general readers. Provides an introduction to the achievements, prominent people, and development of concepts connected with math over the past 5,000 years. Interspersed throughout the text are problems of varying degrees of difficulty which typify a particular historical period and require the procedures of the time; working the problems teaches math as well as history. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
This account of the history of mathematics for junior and senior undergraduates highlights the lives of major mathematicians and uses math problems as an integral part of the text. Chapters chronicle different periods in the development of mathematics and discuss number and probability theory and non-Euclidean geometry. This third edition contains a new chapter on extensions and generalization, and adds material on several figures who were neglected in previous editions, including female mathematicians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073383156
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 643,096
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Early number systems and symbols 1
Ch. 2 Mathematics in early civilizations 33
Ch. 3 The beginnings of Greek mathematics 85
Ch. 4 The Alexandrian school : Euclid 143
Ch. 5 The twilight of Greek mathematics : Diophantus 215
Ch. 6 The first awakening : Fibonacci 271
Ch. 7 The renaissance of mathematics : Cardan and Tartaglia 303
Ch. 8 The mechanical world : Descartes and Newton 339
Ch. 9 The development of probability theory : Pascal, Bernoulli, and Laplace 439
Ch. 10 The revival of number theory : Fermat, Euler, and Gauss 497
Ch. 11 Nineteenth-century contributions : Lobachevsky to Hilbert 561
Ch. 12 Transition to the twentieth century : Cantor and Kronecker 653
Ch. 13 Extensions and generalizations : Hardy, Hausdorff and Noether 713
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    This was the hardest book to read on NOOK. If the woird had an i,f together then it wasn't there. This might not have been an issue if I had been READING it, but since I was listening to it every thir the word first or field or confirm was in the book it just read off the letters. was very confusing!!!!

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