The History of Mathematics: A Brief Course / Edition 1

The History of Mathematics: A Brief Course / Edition 1

by Roger L. Cooke, Cooke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471180823

ISBN-13: 9780471180821

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Wiley

This history of mathematics explores the most important advances over the centuries—from ancient Egyptian mathematics to 20th century developments.

This pragmatic, issues-oriented history traces the discovery, solution, and application of mathematical problems.

From the arithmetic of the ancient Egyptians to the intricacies of postcalculus math, The History

Overview

This history of mathematics explores the most important advances over the centuries—from ancient Egyptian mathematics to 20th century developments.

This pragmatic, issues-oriented history traces the discovery, solution, and application of mathematical problems.

From the arithmetic of the ancient Egyptians to the intricacies of postcalculus math, The History of Mathematics: A Brief Course focuses on how mathematics has developed over the centuries. Roger Cooke has selected the most intriguing and significant problems in the history of mathematics and asked of each one: Why was it important? How was it solved? How was its solution applied? Did its solution lead to further advances in the field?

The carefully selected topics in this book include * The nature and origins of mathematics * Early Western mathematics as practiced by the Egyptians, the Mesopotamians, the Greeks, and the Romans * Non-Western traditions, including Hindu, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Islamic mathematics * The development of modern mathematics from the Middle Ages to the calculus and other seventeenth-century discoveries to today's number theory * The relationship of modern mathematics to science * Contemporary issues in mathematics, including the role of women and minorities.

This readable, up-to-date study is ideal for undergraduate courses in mathematics and mathematics education. Everyone interested in the field will want to keep a copy of The History of Mathematics close at hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471180821
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.53(d)

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Table of Contents

EARLY WESTERN MATHEMATICS.
Origins.
Ancient Egyptian Mathematics.
Mesopotamia.
The Early Greeks.
The Euclidean Synthesis.
Archimedes and Apollonius.
Hellenistic Mathematical Science.
Mathematics in the Roman Empire.
OTHER MATHEMATICAL TRADITIONS.
The Mathematics of the Hindus.
Chinese Mathematics.
Korea and Japan.
Islamic Mathematics.
MODERN MATHEMATICS.
Medieval Europe.
The Renaissance.
The Calculus.
Seventeenth-Century Mathematics.
Beyond the Calculus.
Modern Mathematical Science.
Contemporary Mathematics.
Answers to Selected Exercises.
Index.

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