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  • Stalking the Riemann Hypothesisby Dan Rockmore

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    For 150 years the Riemann hypothesis has been the holy grail of mathematics. Now, at a moment when mathematicians are finally moving in on a proof, Dartmouth professor Dan Rockmore tells the riveting history of the hunt for a solution.In 1859 German professor Bernhard Riemann postulated a law capable of describing with an amazing degree of accuracy... more...

  • Chaos: A Very Short Introductionby Leonard Smith

    OUP Oxford 2007; US$ 7.99

    Chaos exists in systems all around us. Even the simplest system can be subject to chaos, denying us accurate predictions of its behaviour, and sometimes giving rise to astonishing structures of large-scale order. This Very Short Introduction draws in philosophy, literature, and accessible maths to explain and illuminate Chaos Theory, showing the... more...

  • Livre IV. Commentaire historique et mathématique, édition et traduction du texte arabeby Roshdi Rashed

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 159.18

    Book IV of the Konika consists of two parts; the first presents a theory of poles and polars, the second deals with the number of intersections and points of contact in a conic section. Previously the book was only extant as the very unreliable text of a Greek commentary by Eutocius. Roshdi Rashed here presents for the first time an edition... more...

  • New Perspectives on Mathematical Practicesby Bart Van Kerkhove

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2008; US$ 118.00 US$ 107.38

    This volume focuses on the importance of historical enquiry for the appreciation of philosophical problems concerning mathematics. It contains a well-balanced mixture of contributions by internationally established experts, such as Jeremy Gray and Jens Hoyrup; upcoming scholars, such as Erich Reck and Dirk Schlimm; and young, promising researchers... more...

  • Livres VI et VII. Commentaire historique et mathématique, édition et traduction du texte arabeby Roshdi Rashed

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 159.18

    Book VI of the Konika is essentially devoted to the question of the identity and similarity of two conic sections, or two parts of conic sections. In Book VII Apollonius deals with the various relationships between the lengths of diameters and conjugate diameters. The results are applied to the exposition of a number of problems, as well... 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, and ideas... more...

  • Selected Works of A.I. Shirshovby Leonid A. Bokut; Murray Bremner; Victor Latyshev; Mikhail V. Kotchetov; Ivan Shestakov; Efim Zelmanov

    Birkhäuser Basel 2009; US$ 127.37

    A.I. Shirshov was the Russian mathematician famous for pioneer studies in associative, Lie, Jordan and alternative algebras. This book presents translations of his selected works as well as comments by famous algebraists on the impact of his work. more...

  • Hermann Graßmannby Hans-Joachim Petsche

    Birkhäuser Basel 2009; US$ 74.30

    Founder of n-vector algebra, Hermann Grassman was an obscure high school teacher who made many lasting contributions to physics and linguistics. This biography details the complex network of internal and external factors that shaped Grassman?s development. 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...

  • The Mathematical Science of Christopher Wrenby J. A. Bennett

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 46.00

    This book considers Wren's 'other' career as an astronomer, and shows how science informed his architectural philosophy. more...