A History of Mathematics (Anglais) Broché – 27 décembre 2010
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For more than forty years, A History of Mathematics has been the reference of choice for those looking to learn about the fascinating history of humankind s relationship with numbers, shapes, and patterns. This revised edition features up–to–date coverage of topics such as Fermat s Last Theorem and the Poincaré Conjecture, in addition to recent advances in areas such as finite group theory and computer–aided proofs.
- Distills thousands of years of mathematics into a single, approachable volume
- Covers mathematical discoveries, concepts, and thinkers, from Ancient Egypt to the present
- Includes up–to–date references and an extensive chronological table of mathematical and general historical developments.
Whether you′re interested in the age of Plato and Aristotle or Poincaré and Hilbert, whether you want to know more about the Pythagorean theorem or the golden mean, A History of Mathematics is an essential reference that will help you explore the incredible history of mathematics and the men and women who created it.
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John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Third Edition, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-470-52548-7, 668 pages
This is first and last a history book. The first chapter begins with the early efforts to count items and make a record of that information. The concept of counting and records of the items formed introduced a new way of thinking. Early number systems were shortly joined by spatial measurements. I found it challenging to imagine what the early number systems met and more challenging to imagine what prompted the changes through the early records of history. This is not just a history of western civilization but includes the influences of Islamic world, China and India. From the number systems the book moves to elements of arithmetic, geometry and number theory. Mathematics slowly evolves into the art and science of solving problems. But this is not a book on how to solve mathematical problems but the history of when the problems were first defined and the initial attempts to solve them. Late in the book actual solutions by early mathematicians are addressed. Again the emphasis is on the history of the men making the discoveries not the solutions. Through out my reading of the book I found I took time to try to write the problem in modern notation and then recognized the solutions I was taught as a student. The book travels across many fields in mathematics some of which I have little knowledge and thus probably did not appreciate the elements of those chapters. This did not discourage me but instead prompted me to make a short list of topics to revisit in modern textbooks next year. Every mathematician should know the history of his craft and reading this book is a fine start.
Michael Andrew Marsden – The North Idaho Ghost Writer
inference by reader can be made toward history of cultures, cultural anthropology, origin of numbers to modern day math.
It is a pity that the new author did not take the opportunity to expand the book to a much wider scale. ( what I mean is not to a encycoplaedic but at least expand the history of mathematics in the 20 the century. Now back to the book. What makes this book different other ones, I think it is the historical intuition of Boyer makes this book eternal. Some book arrange the content chronologically and somes book arrange the content according to the topics. However, Boyer cleverly combined that two . Also, he also extinctly discuss the topics proportional to their importance in the history. There is not too much mathematics and
there is not too few mathematics, Just a few words to describe that is " that book is really well balanced " and gives you everything and also the range of audience is wide, coupled with the very very reasonable price, it is the book on mathematical history who are interested should own one.