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Rainbow of Mathematics: A History of the Mathematical Sciences

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Beginning with the Babylonian and Egyptian mathematicians of antiquity, Ivor Grattan-Guinness "succeeds masterfully in viewing the history of mathematics from a new perspective" (Professor Karen Hunger Parshall, editor of Historia Mathematica).
He charts the growth of mathematics through its refinement by ancient Greeks and then medieval Arabs, to its systematic development by Europeans from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. This book describes the evolution of ...

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Overview

Beginning with the Babylonian and Egyptian mathematicians of antiquity, Ivor Grattan-Guinness "succeeds masterfully in viewing the history of mathematics from a new perspective" (Professor Karen Hunger Parshall, editor of Historia Mathematica).
He charts the growth of mathematics through its refinement by ancient Greeks and then medieval Arabs, to its systematic development by Europeans from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. This book describes the evolution of arithmetic and geometry, trigonometry and algebra; the interplay between mathematics, physics, and mathematical astronomy; and "new" branches such as probability and statistics. Authoritative and comprehensive, The Rainbow of Mathematics is a unique account of the development of the science that is at the heart of so many other sciences. Originally published under the title The Norton History of the Mathematical Sciences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393320305
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: The Norton History of Science Series
  • Pages: 830
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivor Grattan-Guinness is professor of the history of mathematics and logic at Middlesex University, England.

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Table of Contents

1. Pre-Viewing the Rainbow
2. Invisible Origins and Ancient Traditions
3. A QuietMillennium: From the Early Middle Ages Into The European Renaissance
4. The Age Of Trigonometry: Europe, 1540-1660
5. The Calculus and Its Consequences, 1660-1750
6. Analysis and Mechanics at Center Stage, 1750-1800
7. Institutions and the Profession after the French Revolution
8. Mathematical Analysis and Geometries, 1800-1860
9. The Expanding World of Algebras, 1800-1860
10. Mechanics and Mathematical Physics, 1800-1860
11. International Mathematics, But the Rise of Germany
12. The Rise of Set Theory: Mathematical Analysis, 1860-1900
13. Algebras and Geometries: Their Relations and Axioms, 1860-1900
14. An Era of Stability: Mechanics, 1860-1900
15. An Era of Media: Mathematical Physics, 1860-1900
16. The New Century, To the Great War And Beyond
17. Re-viewing the Rainbow
Bibliography
Publisher's Acknowledgements
Index
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