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  • Philosophy of Mathematics and Deductive Structure in Euclid's Elementsby Ian Mueller

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 24.95

    A survey of Euclid's Elements, this text provides an understanding of the classical Greek conception of mathematics. It offers a well-rounded perspective, examining similarities to modern views as well as differences. Rather than focusing strictly on historical and mathematical issues, the book examines philosophical, foundational, and logical questions.... more...

  • Mathematical Papersby George Green; N. M. Ferrers

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 60.00

    This compilation of Green's most significant works includes essays on theories of electricity and magnetism, laws of the equilibrium of fluids, the attractions of ellipsoids of variable densities, and more. 1871 edition. more...

  • Contributions to the Founding of the Theory of Transfinite Numbersby Georg Cantor

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    The famous articles, 1895?7, that founded a new branch of mathematics. Covers addition, multiplication and exponentiation of cardinal numbers, smallest transfinite cardinal numbers, ordinal types of simple ordered aggregates, more. Translated with introduction by P. Jourdain. 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...

  • The Works of Archimedesby Archimedes; Sir Thomas Heath

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 24.95

    The complete works of antiquity's great geometer appear here in a highly accessible English translation by a distinguished scholar. Remarkable for his range of thought and his mastery of treatment, Archimedes addressed such topics as the famous problems of the ratio of the areas of a cylinder and an inscribed sphere; the measurement of a circle; the... more...

  • Non-Euclidean Geometryby Roberto Bonola

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 15.95

    Examines various attempts to prove Euclid's parallel postulate ? by the Greeks, Arabs and Renaissance mathematicians. It considers forerunners and founders such as Saccheri, Lambert, Legendre, W. Bolyai, Gauss, others. Includes 181 diagrams. more...

  • The Hindu-Arabic Numeralsby David Eugene Smith; Louis Charles Karpinski

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 45.00

    Concise history of the origin and development of Hindu-Arabic numerals recounts international labors of scholars, assesses the historical testimony, and draws conclusions from the evidence. 1911 edition. more...

  • Lectures on Elementary Mathematicsby Joseph Louis Lagrange

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 9.99

    One of the eighteenth century's greatest mathematicians, Lagrange made significant contributions to all fields of analysis and number theory. He survived the French Revolution to deliver these lectures in 1795 at the ╔cole Normale, a training school for teachers. An exemplar among elementary expositions, Lagrange's talks feature both originality of... more...

  • Mathematics in Ancient Greeceby Tobias Dantzig

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    Written by a specialist in interpreting science for lay readers, this lively book recounts the human story behind mathematics, including the insights of such thinkers as Euclid and Hippocrates. 1955 edition. 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...