Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times

Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times

by Morris Kline
     
 

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Now available in a new three-volume paperback edition, Morris Kline's monumental work presents the major creations in mathematics from its beginnings in Babylonia and Egypt through the first few decades of the twentieth century. Organized around the central ideas of mathematical thought, as well as the men responsible for them, this comprehensive history provides a

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Now available in a new three-volume paperback edition, Morris Kline's monumental work presents the major creations in mathematics from its beginnings in Babylonia and Egypt through the first few decades of the twentieth century. Organized around the central ideas of mathematical thought, as well as the men responsible for them, this comprehensive history provides a broad panorama of the development of mathematics, displaying the unity behind the disconnected branches of the discipline today. Beginning with the origins of mathematics in Babylonia and Egypt, Volume One includes chapters on classical Greek and Alexandrian mathematics, Hindu and Arabic contributions, algebra in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, coordinate geometry, and the creation of calculus.

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From the Publisher
"I have always had great regard for this book as the one which relates the development of modern mathematical ideas in a readable fashion."—Michael F. O'Reilly, University of Minnesota in Morris

"Outstanding scholarship and readability. One of only a couple of books available in English for in-depth historical studies at the fourth year/graduate level."—Charles V. Jones, Ball State University

"The consistently high quality of presentation, the accuracy, the readable style, and the stress on the conceptual development of mathematics make [these volumes] a most desirable reference."—Choice

"Without a doubt a book which should be in the library of every institution where mathematics is either taught or played."—The Economist

"What must be the definitive history of mathematical thought....Probably the most comprehensive account of mathematical history we have yet had."—Saturday Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195061352
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Edition description:
PAPERBACK
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
636,806
Product dimensions:
8.94(w) x 5.94(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

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Meet the Author

Morris Kline is Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, where he directed the Division of Electromagnetic Research for twenty years.

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