Mathematics in Historical Context

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MAA, 27 d’ag. 2009 - 409 pàgines
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What would Newton see if he looked out his bedroom window? This book describes the world around the important mathematicians of the past, and explores the complex interaction between mathematics, mathematicians, and society. It takes the reader on a grand tour of history from the ancient Egyptians to the twentieth century to show how mathematicians and mathematics were affected by the outside world, and at the same time how the outside world was affected by mathematics and mathematicians. Part biography, part mathematics, and part history, this book provides the interested layperson the background to understand mathematics and the history of mathematics, and is suitable for supplemental reading in any history of mathematics course.
 

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The Classical World
15
China and India
55
The Islamic World
83
The Middle Ages
119
Renaissance and Reformation
157
Early Modern Europe
185
The Eighteenth Century
231
The Nineteenth Century
277
The United States
311
The Modern World
337
Epilog
385
Figure Citations
395
About the Author
409
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