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  • Combinatoricsby Robin Wilson; John J. Watkins; Ronald Graham

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 99.99

    Who first presented Pascal's triangle? (It was not Pascal.)Who first presented Hamiltonian graphs? (It was not Hamilton.)Who first presented Steiner triple systems? (It was not Steiner.) The history of mathematics is a well-studied and vibrant area of research, with books and scholarly articles published on various aspects of the subject. Yet,... more...

  • A Source Book in Mathematicsby David Eugene Smith

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 23.99

    The writings of Newton, Leibniz, Pascal, Riemann, Bernoulli, and others in a comprehensive selection of 125 treatises dating from the Renaissance to the late 19th century ? most unavailable elsewhere. Grouped in five sections: Number; Algebra; Geometry; Probability; and Calculus, Functions, and Quaternions. Includes a biographical-historical introduction... more...

  • A Brief History of Mathematical Thoughtby Luke Heaton

    Little, Brown Book Group 2015; Not Available

    Mathematics is a product of human culture which has developed along with our attempts to comprehend the world around us. In A Brief History of Mathematical Thought , Luke Heaton explores how the language of mathematics has evolved over time, enabling new technologies and shaping the way people think. From stone-age rituals to algebra, calculus, and... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Societyby The Editors of Salem Press

    Salem Press 2012; US$ 39.95

    An in-depth selection of articles from Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society. more...

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

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 19.95

    "As it is, the book is indispensable; it has, indeed, no serious English rival." ? Times Literary Supplement "Sir Thomas Heath, foremost English historian of the ancient exact sciences in the twentieth century." ? Prof. W. H. Stahl "Indeed, seeing that so much of Greek is mathematics, it is arguable that, if one would understand the Greek genius... 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 covers the essentials of mathematics and includes every landmark innovation and every important figure. This volume features Euclid, Apollonius, 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...

  • Mathematics in Ancient Greeceby Tobias Dantzig

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    More than a history of mathematics, this lively book traces mathematical ideas and processes to their sources, stressing the methods used by the masters of the ancient world. Author Tobias Dantzig portrays the human story behind mathematics, showing how flashes of insight in the minds of certain gifted individuals helped mathematics take enormous... more...

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

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 15.99

    This text for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students examines the events that led to a 19th-century intellectual revolution: the reinterpretation of the calculus undertaken by Augustin-Louis Cauchy and his peers. These intellectuals transformed the uses of calculus from problem-solving methods into a collection of well-defined theorems... more...

  • A History of Japanese Mathematicsby David E. Smith; Yoshio Mikami

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 17.95

    One of the first books to show Westerners the nature of Japanese mathematics, this survey highlights the leading features in the development of the wasan, the Japanese system of mathematics. Topics include the use of the soroban, or abacus; the application of sangi, or counting rods, to algebra; the discoveries of the 17th-century sage Seki Kowa;... more...