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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...

  • Mind Toolsby Rudy Rucker

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 16.95

    This reader-friendly volume groups the patterns of mathematics into five archetypes: numbers, space, logic, infinity, and information. Rudy Rucker presents an accessible introduction to each of these important areas, reflecting intelligence gathered from the frontiers of mathematical thought. More than 100 drawings illuminate explorations of digital... more...

  • Makers of Mathematicsby Stuart Hollingdale

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 22.95

    Fascinating and highly readable, this book recounts the history of mathematics as revealed in the lives and writings of the most distinguished practitioners of the art: Archimedes, Descartes, Fermat, Pascal, Newton, Leibniz, Euler, Gauss, Hamilton, Einstein, and many more. Author Stuart Hollingdale introduces and explains the roles of these gifted... 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 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...

  • The Thirteen Books of the Elements, Vol. 3by Euclid; Thomas L. Heath

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 16.95

    Volume 3 of three-volume set containing complete English text of all 13 books of the Elements plus critical apparatus analyzing each definition, postulate, and proposition in great detail. Covers textual and linguistic matters; mathematical analyses of Euclid's ideas; classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern commentators; refutations, supports,... more...

  • The Thirteen Books of the Elements, Vol. 2by Euclid

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 18.95

    Volume 2 of 3-volume set containing complete English text of all 13 books of the Elements plus critical analysis of each definition, postulate, and proposition. Covers textual and linguistic matters; mathematical analyses of Euclid's ideas; classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern commentators; refutations, supports, extrapolations, reinterpretations... more...

  • The Thirteen Books of the Elements, Vol. 1by Euclid

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 16.95

    Volume 1 of 3-volume set containing complete English text of all 13 books of the Elements plus critical apparatus analyzing each definition, postulate, and proposition. Covers textual and linguistic matters; mathematical analyses of Euclid's ideas; commentators; refutations, supports, extrapolations, reinterpretations, and historical notes. Vol.... more...

  • A Short Account of the History of Mathematicsby W. W. Rouse Ball

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 18.95

    This is a new printing, the first inexpensive one, of one of the most honored histories of mathematics of all time. When the last revised edition appeared in 1908, it was hailed by mathematicians and laymen alike, and it remains one of the clearest, most authoritative, and most accurate works in the field. Mathematicians welcomed it as a lucid... more...