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  • Finding Zeroby Amir D. Aczel

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 26.99

    The story of how we got our numbers--told through one mathematician's journey to find zero more...

  • Is God a Mathematician?by Mario Livio

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 16.00

    Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history?s greatest mathematicians to ask how?if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind?it can so perfectly explain the physical world. Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about ?the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics? in the formulation... more...

  • The Emergence of Probabilityby Ian Hacking

    Cambridge University Press 2006; US$ 28.00

    Includes an introduction, contextualizing his book in light of developing philosophical trends. more...

  • Enlightening Symbolsby Joseph Mazur

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    While all of us regularly use basic math symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols weren?t available before the sixteenth century. What did mathematicians rely on for their work before then? And how did mathematical notations evolve into what we know today? In Enlightening Symbols , popular math... 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...

  • Poincare's Prizeby George G. Szpiro

    Penguin Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.00

    The amazing story of one of the greatest math problems of all time and the reclusive genius who solved it In the tradition of  Fermat?s Enigma  and  Prime Obsession , George Szpiro brings to life the giants of mathematics who struggled to prove a theorem for a century and the mysterious man from St. Petersburg, Grigory Perelman, who fi nally accomplished... more...

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

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2009; US$ 142.00

    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...

  • One to Nineby Andrew Hodges

    Doubleday Canada 2010; US$ 21.00

    Have you ever thought about the uniqueness and simplicity of One, or what it means to be Two? Is Four really so square and why are there Seven days of the week, Seven deadly sins, or even Seven wonders of the world? In One to Nine , Andrew Hodges brings numbers to life. Inspired by the popularity of Sudoku ? and millennia of human attempts to figure... 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 Volterra (Vita Mathematica) (German Edition)by Angelo Guerraggio; Giovanni Paoloni; Manfred Stern

    Springer 2010; US$ 79.99

    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...