The History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity

The History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity

by Luke Hodgkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198529376

ISBN-13: 9780198529378

Pub. Date: 08/11/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

A History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity covers the evolution of mathematics through time and across the major Eastern and Western civilizations. It begins in Babylon, then describes the trials and tribulations of the Greek mathematicians. The important, and often neglected, influence of both Chinese and Islamic mathematics is covered in detail, placing…  See more details below

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A History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity covers the evolution of mathematics through time and across the major Eastern and Western civilizations. It begins in Babylon, then describes the trials and tribulations of the Greek mathematicians. The important, and often neglected, influence of both Chinese and Islamic mathematics is covered in detail, placing the description of early Western mathematics in a global context. The book concludes with modern mathematics, covering recent developments such as the advent of the computer, chaos theory, topology, mathematical physics, and the solution of Fermat's Last Theorem. Containing more than 100 illustrations and figures, this text, aimed at advanced undergraduates and postgraduates, addresses the methods and challenges associated with studying the history of mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198529378
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

1Babylonian mathematics14
2Greeks and 'origins'33
3Greeks, practical and theoretical57
4Chinese mathematics78
5Islam, neglect and discovery101
6Understanding the 'scientific revolution'133
7The calculus161
8Geometries and space189
9Modernity and its anxieties213
10A chaotic end?238

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