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

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 45.00

    The numbers that we call Arabic are so familiar throughout Europe and the Americas that it can be difficult to realize that their general acceptance in commercial transactions is a matter of only the last four centuries and they still remain unknown in parts of the world. In this volume, one of the earliest texts to trace the origin and development... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Mathematical History of the Golden Numberby Roger Herz-Fischler

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 17.95

    A comprehensive study of the historic development of division in extreme and mean ratio ("the golden number"), this text traces the concept's development from its first appearance in Euclid's Elements through the 18th century. The coherent but rigorous presentation offers clear explanations of DEMR's historical transmission and features numerous... more...

  • A Long Way from Euclidby Constance Reid

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 13.95

    Mathematics has come a long way indeed in the last 2,000 years, and this guide to modern mathematics traces the fascinating path from Euclid's Elements to contemporary concepts. No background beyond elementary algebra and plane geometry is necessary to understand and appreciate author Constance Reid's simple, direct explanations of the arithmetic... more...

  • The Development of Mathematicsby E. T. Bell

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 24.95

    "This important book . . . presents a broad account of the part played by mathematics in the evolution of civilization, describing clearly the main principles, methods, and theories of mathematics that have survived from about 4000 BC to 1940."? Booklist In this time-honored study, one of the 20th century's foremost scholars and interpreters of... more...

  • 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...