Blending relevant mathematics and history, this book immerses readers in the full, rich detail of mathematics. It provides a description of mathematics and shows how mathematics was actually practiced throughout the millennia by past civilizations and great mathematicians alike. As a result, readers gain a better understanding of why mathematics developed the way it did.
Chapter topics include Egyptian Mathematics, Babylonian Mathematics, Greek Arithmetic, Pre-Euclidean Geometry, Euclid, Archimedes and Apollonius, Roman Era, China and India, The Arab World, Medieval Europe, Renaissance, The Era of Descartes and Fermat, The Era of Newton and Leibniz, Probability and Statistics, Analysis, Algebra, Number Theory, the Revolutionary Era, The Age of Gauss, Analysis to Mid-Century, Geometry, Analysis After Mid-Century, Algebras, and the Twentieth Century.
For teachers of mathematics.
This history of mathematics is a mathematics text, allowing students to understand the history of mathematics by using the tools mathematicians of the past used. Emphasis is on numeration, computation, and notation, mathematical results in their original form with their original arguments, and mathematics as an evolving science. Although the book can be used selectively by students with any level of background, it is best if students have had a previous course in calculus. Suzuki teaches at Boston University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)