The History of Mathematics

The History of Mathematics

by Jacqueline Stedall


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The History of Mathematics by Jacqueline Stedall

This Very Short Introduction explores the rich historical and cultural diversity of mathematical practice, ranging from the distant past to the present. Historian Jacqueline Stedall shows that mathematical ideas are far from being fixed, but are adapted and changed by their passage across periods and cultures. The book illuminates some of the varied contexts in which people have learned, used, and handed on mathematics, drawing on fascinating case studies from a range of times and places, including early imperial China, the medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-century Britain. By drawing out some common threads, Stedall provides an introduction not only to the mathematics of the past but to the history of mathematics as a modern academic discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199599684
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 506,001
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jacqueline Stedall is Senior Research Fellow at The Queen's College, University of Oxford.

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