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  • Infinite Series in a History of Analysisby Hans-Heinrich Körle

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 32.07

    Infinite series are the unifying thread that runs through the history of mathematical analysis. Ever since the 17 th century, they have also been inseparably linked to infinitesimal calculus, and form its backbone. Because of the clarity of their structure, infinite series are a gratifying subject for didactics. The historical reflections,... more...

  • Plato's Ghostby Jeremy Gray

    Princeton University Press 2008; US$ 67.50 US$ 61.43

    Plato's Ghost is the first book to examine the development of mathematics from 1880 to 1920 as a modernist transformation similar to those in art, literature, and music. Jeremy Gray traces the growth of mathematical modernism from its roots in problem solving and theory to its interactions with physics, philosophy, theology, psychology,... more...

  • Men of Mathematicsby E.T. Bell

    Touchstone 2014; US$ 20.00

    From one of the greatest minds in contemporary mathematics, Professor E.T. Bell, comes a witty, accessible, and fascinating look at the beautiful craft and enthralling history of mathematics. Men of Mathematics provides a rich account of major mathematical milestones, from the geometry of the Greeks through Newton?s calculus, and on to the laws... more...

  • Geometryby John Tabak

    Infobase Publishing 2004; US$ 40.00

    Covering the many aspects of geometry, this volume of the History of Mathematics series presents a compelling look at mathematical theories alongside historical occurrences. The engaging and informative text, complemented by photographs and illustrations, introduces students to the fascinating story of how geometry has developed. Biographical information... more...

  • An Imaginary Taleby Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 16.95 US$ 15.42

    Today complex numbers have such widespread practical use--from electrical engineering to aeronautics--that few people would expect the story behind their derivation to be filled with adventure and enigma. In An Imaginary Tale , Paul Nahin tells the 2000-year-old history of one of mathematics' most elusive numbers, the square root of minus one, also... more...

  • Heavenly Mathematicsby Glen Van Brummelen

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 39.95 US$ 36.35

    Heavenly Mathematics traces the rich history of spherical trigonometry, revealing how the cultures of classical Greece, medieval Islam, and the modern West used this forgotten art to chart the heavens and the Earth. Once at the heart of astronomy and ocean-going navigation for two millennia, the discipline was also a mainstay of mathematics education... more...

  • History and Philosophy of Modern Mathematicsby William Aspray; Philip Kitcher

    University of Minnesota Press 1988; US$ 50.00

    History and Philosophy of Modern Mathematics was first published in 1988. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.The fourteen essays in this volume build on the pioneering effort of Garrett Birkhoff,... more...

  • Are Science and Mathematics Socially Constructed?by Richard C Brown

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2009; US$ 87.00 US$ 79.17

    This book is a history, analysis, and criticism of what the author calls “postmodern interpretations of science” (PIS) and the closely related “sociology of scientific knowledge” (SSK). This movement traces its origin to Thomas Kuhn's revolutionary work, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962), but is more extreme. It... more...

  • Infinite Ascentby David Berlinski

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 14.00

    In Infinite Ascent , David Berlinski, the acclaimed author of The Advent of the Algorithm, A Tour of the Calculus , and Newton?s Gift , tells the story of mathematics, bringing to life with wit, elegance, and deep insight a 2,500-year-long intellectual adventure. Berlinski focuses on the ten most important breakthroughs in mathematical history?and... more...

  • Vito Volterraby Manfred Stern; Angelo Guerraggio; Giovanni Paoloni

    Springer Basel 2010; US$ 29.68

    Der Mathematiker Vito Volterra (1860 ? 1940) war nicht nur ein großer Mathematiker, sondern auch ein guter Wissenschaftsorganisator. Über Jahrzehnte galt er als der bedeutendste Repräsentant der Wissenschaft in Italien. Die Autoren rekonstruieren seine wichtigsten Beiträge zur Wissenschaft und zur Entwicklung der wissenschaftlichen Institutionen in... more...