Appropriate for undergraduate and select graduate courses in the history of mathematics, and in the history of science.
This edited volume of readings contains more than 130 selections from eminent mathematicians from A 'h-mose' to Hilbert and Noether. The chapter introductions comprise a concise history of mathematics based on critical textual analysis and the latest scholarship. Each reading is preceded by a substantial biography of its author.
The editor supplies historical chapter introductions and biographies to accompany selections from writings by leading mathematicians from classical antiquity through the early 20th century, as well as work by noted scholars on math in early civilizations. One of the premises of the anthology is that examining works of past masters is productive of sound mathematics and, in a few instances, of mathematical innovation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)