Reed selects mathematicians from a range of historical periods and compares their approaches to organizing and arguing texts, using an extended commentary on Euclid's Elements as a central structuring framework. He develops fascinating interpretations of mathematicians' work throughout history, from Descartes to Hilbert, Kronecker, Dedekind, Weil and Grothendieck. Reed traces the implications of this approach to the understanding of the history and development of mathematics.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of ContentsPreface Introduction Part I: The Subject Matter of Geometry in Euclid, Descartes and Hilbert 1. The Opening of The Elements 2. Propositions and Proofs - Theorems and Problems Part II 1. The Contexts of Measurement 2. Number Theory in the 19th Century Appendix Part III Introduction 1. Types of Wholes 2. Generality in Contemporary Mathematics Conclusion