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  • Mathematics: All That Mattersby Mike Askew

    Hodder & Stoughton 2015; US$ 10.99

    Mathematics often gets a bad press. Describing someone as 'calculating' or 'rational' is hardly as flattering as being labelled 'artistic' or 'creative' and mathematicians in movies or novels are often portrayed as social misfits who rarely get the guy or girl. No wonder some folks say 'oh I don't care for mathematics, I was never any good at it'... more...

  • Combinatorics: Ancient & Modernby Robin Wilson; John J. Watkins

    OUP Oxford 2013; US$ 48.99

    Combinatorics is the branch of discrete mathematics that studies (and counts) permutations, combinations, and arrangements of sets of elements. This book constitutes the first book-length survey of the history of combinatorics and uniquely assembles research in the area that would otherwise be inaccessible to the general reader. more...

  • The Early Mathematical Manuscripts of Leibnizby G. W. Leibniz; J. M. Child

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 11.99

    The manuscripts and correspondence of Leibniz possess a special interest: they are invaluable as aids to the study of their author's part in the invention and development of the infinitesimal calculus. In addition, the main ideas behind Leibniz's philosophical theories lay here, in his mathematical work. This volume consists of two sections. The first... more...

  • A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume IIby Sir Thomas Heath

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 19.95

    Volume 2 of an authoritative two-volume set that covers the essentials of mathematics and features every landmark innovation and every important figure, including Euclid, Apollonius, and others. more...

  • A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume Iby Sir Thomas Heath

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 22.95

    Volume 1 of an authoritative two-volume set that coversáthe essentials of mathematics and features every landmark innovation andáevery important figure, includingáEuclid, Apollonius, Archimedes, and others. more...

  • A History of Mathematical Notationsby Florian Cajori

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 34.95

    This classic study notes the first appearance of a mathematical symbol and its origin, the competition it encountered, its spread among writers in different countries, its rise to popularity, its eventual decline or ultimate survival. The author?s coverage of obsolete notations ? and what we can learn from them ? is as comprehensive as those which... more...

  • The Origins of Cauchy's Rigorous Calculusby Judith V. Grabiner

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 15.99

    This text examines the reinterpretation of calculus by Augustin-Louis Cauchy and his peers in the 19th century. These intellectuals created a collection of well-defined theorems about limits, continuity, series, derivatives, and integrals. 1981 edition. more...

  • A Mathematical History of the Golden Numberby Roger Herz-Fischler

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 17.95

    This comprehensive study traces the historic development of division in extreme and mean ratio ("the golden number") from its first appearance in Euclid's Elements through the 18th century. Features numerous illustrations. more...

  • A Long Way from Euclidby Constance Reid

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 13.95

    Lively guide by a prominent historian focuses on the role of Euclid's Elements in subsequent mathematical developments. Elementary algebra and plane geometry are sole prerequisites. 80 drawings. 1963 edition. more...

  • The Development of Mathematicsby E. T. Bell

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 24.95

    One of the 20th century's foremost scholars surveys the role of mathematics in civilization, describing the main principles, methods, and theories of mathematics from 4000 B.C. to 1945. 1945 edition. more...