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  • Hidden Harmoniesby Ellen Kaplan; Robert Kaplan

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 14.99

    A squared plus b squared equals c squared. It sounds simple, doesn't it? Yet this familiar expression is a gateway into the riotous garden of mathematics, and sends us on a journey of exploration in the company of two inspired guides, acclaimed authors Robert and Ellen Kaplan. With wit, verve, and clarity, they trace the life of the Pythagorean... more...

  • Trigonometric Delightsby Eli Maor

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 18.95

    Trigonometry has always been an underappreciated branch of mathematics. It has a reputation as a dry and difficult subject, a glorified form of geometry complicated by tedious computation. In this book, Eli Maor draws on his remarkable talents as a guide to the world of numbers to dispel that view. Rejecting the usual arid descriptions of sine, cosine,... 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 Group US 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$ 79.95

    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...

  • Meaning in Mathematicsby John Polkinghorne

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 25.99

    Is mathematics a highly sophisticated intellectual game in which the adepts display their skill by tackling invented problems, or are mathematicians engaged in acts of discovery as they explore an independent realm of mathematical reality? Why does this seemingly abstract discipline provide the key to unlocking the deep secrets of the physical universe?... more...

  • The Mathematical Touristby Ivars Peterson

    Henry Holt and Co. 1998; US$ 8.99

    In the first edition of The Mathematical Tourist , renowned science journalist Ivars Peterson took readers on an unforgettable tour through the sometimes bizarre, but always fascinating, landscape of modern mathematics. Now the journey continues in a new, updated edition that includes all the latest information on mathematical proofs, fractals, prime... more...