The History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198529378
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/11/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Luke Hodgkin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at King's College London.

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Table of Contents

1 Babylonian mathematics 14
2 Greeks and 'origins' 33
3 Greeks, practical and theoretical 57
4 Chinese mathematics 78
5 Islam, neglect and discovery 101
6 Understanding the 'scientific revolution' 133
7 The calculus 161
8 Geometries and space 189
9 Modernity and its anxieties 213
10 A chaotic end? 238
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