A History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity

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A History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity covers the evolution of mathematics through time and across the major Eastern and Western civilizations. It begins in Babylon, then describes the trials and tribulations of the Greek mathematicians. The important, and often neglected, influence of both Chinese and Islamic mathematics is covered in detail, placing the description of early Western mathematics in a global context. The book concludes with modernmathematics, covering recent developments such as the advent of the computer, chaos theory, topology, mathematical physics, and the solution of Fermat's Last Theorem. Containing more than 100 illustrations and figures, this text, aimed at advanced undergraduates and postgraduates, addresses the methods and challenges associated with studying the history of mathematics. The reader is introduced to the leading figures in the history of mathematics (including Archimedes, Ptolemy, Qin Jiushao, al-Kashi, al-Khwarizmi, Galileo, Newton, Leibniz, Helmholtz, Hilbert, Alan Turing, and Andrew Wiles) and their fields. An extensive bibliography with cross-references tokey texts will provide invaluable resource to students and exercises (with solutions) will stretch the more advanced reader.
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ISBN-13: 9780199676767
ISBN-10: 0199676763
Pagini: 296
Ilustrații: Illustrations
Dimensiuni: 190 x 246 x 16 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


The book contains more than 100 illustrations, pictures and figures, and many exercises (with solutions). An extensive bibliography with cross-references will be very helpful for students and readers. The book will be interesting for undergraduate and postgraduate students of mathematics and other readers interested in the history and philosophy of mathematics.
Interesting and insightful.
Hodgkin makes a convincing case for the importance of Ismaic mathematics.

Notă biografică

Luke Hodgkin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at King's College London.