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  • Vito Volterraby Angelo Guerraggio; Giovanni Paoloni; Kim Williams

    Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2013; US$ 34.95

    Here is a comprehensive profile of Vito Volterra, a pioneer of functional analysis and author of fundamental research in integral equations, elasticity theory and population dynamics. His stand against facism was unpopular, but his work remains undiminished. more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Fregeby Tom Ricketts; Michael Potter

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 40.00

    Offers a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the scope and importance of Gottlob Frege's work. 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...

  • The Glorious Golden Ratioby Alfred S. Posamentier; Ingmar Lehmann

    Prometheus Books 2011; US$ 12.99

    What exactly is the Golden Ratio? How was it discovered? Where is it found? These questions and more are thoroughly explained in this engaging tour of one of mathematics' most interesting phenomena. The authors  trace the appearance of the Golden Ratio throughout history, demonstrate a variety of ingenious techniques used to construct it, and illustrate... more...

  • A Mathematician and His Mathematical Workby Shiing-Shen Chern; S-.Y. Cheng

    World Scientific Publishing Company 1996; US$ 179.00

    This volume is about the life and work of Shiing-Shen Chern (1911–), one of the leading mathematicians of this century. The book contains personal accounts by some friends, together with a summary of the mathematical works by Chern himself. Besides a selection of the mathematical papers the book also contains all his papers published after 1988. more...

  • Changing Images in Mathematicsby Umberto Bottazini; Amy Dahan Dalmedico

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    This book focuses on some of the major developments in the history of contemporary (19th and 20th century) mathematics as seen in the broader context of the development of science and culture. Avoiding technicalities, it displays the breadth of contrasting images of mathematics favoured by different countries, schools and historical movements, showing... more...

  • Goldbach Conjectureby Yuan Wang; Stanley Liu

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2002; US$ 187.00

    This book provides a detailed description of a most important unsolved mathematical problem — the Goldbach conjecture. Raised in 1742 in a letter from Goldbach to Euler, this conjecture attracted the attention of many mathematical geniuses. Several great achievements were made, but only until the 1920's. The book gives an exposition of... more...

  • Mathematics and Warby

    Birkhäuser Basel 2012; US$ 69.99

    Mathematics has for centuries been stimulated, financed and credited by military purposes. Some mathematical thoughts and mathematical technology have also been vital in war. During World War II mathematical work by the Anti-Hitler coalition was part of an aspiration to serve humanity and not help destroy it. At present, it is not an easy task to... more...

  • The Parrot's Theoremby Denis Guedj; Frank Wynne

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 22.99

    Mr. Ruche, a Parisian bookseller, receives a bequest from a long lost friend in the Amazon of a vast library of math books, which propels him into a great exploration of the story of mathematics. Meanwhile Max, whose family lives with Mr. Ruche, takes in a voluble parrot who will discuss math with anyone. When Mr. Ruche learns of his friend's mysterious... more...

  • Five Equations That Changed the Worldby Michael Guillen

    Hachette Books 2012; Not Available

    A Publishers Weekly best book of 1995! Dr. Michael Guillen, known to millions as the science editor of ABC's Good Morning America , tells the fascinating stories behind five mathematical equations. As a regular contributor to daytime's most popular morning news show and an instructor at Harvard University, Dr. Michael Guillen has earned the... more...