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The History of Mathematics: An Introduction

The History of Mathematics: An Introduction
Author: David Burton
ISBN 13: 9780073383156
ISBN 10: 73383155
Edition: 7
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication Date: 2010-02-09
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 816
List Price: N/A

The History of Mathematics: An Introduction, Seventh Edition, is written for the one- or two-semester math history course taken by juniors or seniors, and covers the history behind the topics typically covered in an undergraduate math curriculum or in elementary schools or high schools. Elegantly written in David Burton’s imitable prose, this classic text provides rich historical context to the mathematics that undergrad math and math education majors encounter every day. Burton illuminates the people, stories, and social context behind mathematics’ greatest historical advances while maintaining appropriate focus on the mathematical concepts themselves. Its wealth of information, mathematical and historical accuracy, and renowned presentation make The History of Mathematics: An Introduction, Seventh Edition a valuable resource that teachers and students will want as part of a permanent library.


This account of the history of mathematics for junior and senior undergraduates highlights the lives of major mathematicians and uses math problems as an integral part of the text. Chapters chronicle different periods in the development of mathematics and discuss number and probability theory and non-Euclidean geometry. This third edition contains a new chapter on extensions and generalization, and adds material on several figures who were neglected in previous editions, including female mathematicians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)