A History of Mathematics eBook (Classic Version) (3e) : 9780321997036

A History of Mathematics eBook (Classic Version) (3e)

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This book is ideal for a junior or senior level course in the history of mathematics for mathematics majors intending to become teachers.


A History of Mathematics, 3rd Edition, provides students with a solid background in the history of mathematics and focuses on the most important topics for today’s elementary, high school, and college curricula. Students will gain a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts in their historical context, and future teachers will find this book a valuable resource in developing lesson plans based on the history of each topic.


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Table of contents
  • Part I. Ancient Mathematics
  • 1. Egypt and Mesopotamia
  • 2. The Beginnings of Mathematics in Greece
  • 3. Euclid
  • 4. Archimedes and Apollonius
  • 5. Mathematical Methods in Hellenistic Times
  • 6. The Final Chapter of Greek Mathematics
  • Part II. Medieval Mathematics
  • 7. Ancient and Medieval China
  • 8. Ancient and Medieval India
  • 9. The Mathematics of Islam
  • 10. Medieval Europe
  • 11. Mathematics Elsewhere
  • Part III. Early Modern Mathematics
  • 12. Algebra in the Renaissance
  • 13. Mathematical Methods in the Renaissance
  • 14. Geometry, Algebra and Probability in the Seventeenth Century
  • 15. The Beginnings of Calculus
  • 16. Newton and Leibniz
  • Part IV. Modern Mathematics
  • 17. Analysis in the Eighteenth Century
  • 18. Probability and Statistics in the Eighteenth Century
  • 19. Algebra and Number Theory in the Eighteenth Century
  • 20. Geometry in the Eighteenth Century
  • 21. Algebra and Number Theory in the Nineteenth Century
  • 22. Analysis in the Nineteenth Century
  • 23. Probability and Statistics in the Nineteenth Century
  • 24. Geometry in the Nineteenth Century
  • 25. Aspects of the Twentieth Century
Features & benefits
  • The flexible presentation organises the book by chronological period and then by topic, which gives instructors the option of following a specific theme throughout the course.
  • Discussions of the important textbooks of major time periods show students how topics were historically treated, allowing students to draw connections to modern approaches.
  • A global perspective integrates non-Western coverage, including contributions from Chinese, Indian, and Islamic mathematicians.  An additional chapter discusses the mathematical achievements of early Africa, America, and Asia.
  • Chapter openers include a vignette and quotation to add motivation and human interest.
  • Focus essays are boxed features that are set apart from the main narrative of the text for easy reference. Biographies outline the lives and achievements of notable mathematicians. Other essays explore special topics, such as Egyptian influence on Greek mathematics.
  • A chronology of major mathematicians at the end of every chapter gives an overview of important individuals and their contribution to the field of mathematics.
  • Problems from primary sources enable students to understand how mathematicians were able to solve problems at various times and places.
  • Discussion questions promote group work and can be used by future teachers to design lessons for elementary and secondary level math classes.
  • An annotated bibliography at the end of each chapter provides easy reference to primary and secondary sources for research and further study.
  • A phonetic pronunciation guide is included to aid in the pronunciation of historical names and places.
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