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  • Set Theory, Arithmetic, and Foundations of Mathematicsby Juliette Kennedy; Roman Kossak

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 59.00

    A collection of remarkable papers from various areas of mathematical logic, written by outstanding members of the field. more...

  • A Wealth of Numbersby Benjamin Wardhaugh

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 46.95

    Despite what we may sometimes imagine, popular mathematics writing didn't begin with Martin Gardner. In fact, it has a rich tradition stretching back hundreds of years. This entertaining and enlightening anthology--the first of its kind--gathers nearly one hundred fascinating selections from the past 500 years of popular math writing, bringing to... more...

  • The Artist and the Mathematicianby Amir D. Aczel

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 14.95

    Nicolas Bourbaki, whose mathematical publications began to appear in the late 1930s and continued to be published through most of the twentieth century, was a direct product as well as a major force behind an important revolution that took place in the early decades of the twentieth century that completely changed Western culture. Pure mathematics,... more...

  • Vito Volterraby Angelo Guerraggio; Giovanni Paoloni; Kim Williams

    Springer 2012; US$ 34.95

    aiVito Volterra (1860-1940) was one of the most famous representatives of Italian science in his day. Angelo Guerragio and Giovanni Paolini analyze Volterra's most important contributions to mathematics and their applications, as well as his outstanding organizational achievements in scientific policy. Volterra was one of the founding fathers of... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Fregeby Tom Ricketts; Michael Potter

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 34.00

    Offers a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the scope and importance of Gottlob Frege's work. more...

  • Trigonometric Delightsby Eli Maor

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 18.95

    Trigonometry has always been an underappreciated branch of mathematics. It has a reputation as a dry and difficult subject, a glorified form of geometry complicated by tedious computation. In this book, Eli Maor draws on his remarkable talents as a guide to the world of numbers to dispel that view. Rejecting the usual arid descriptions of sine, cosine,... more...

  • The Glorious Golden Ratioby Alfred S. Posamentier; Ingmar Lehmann

    Prometheus Books 2011; US$ 12.99

    What exactly is the Golden Ratio? How was it discovered? Where is it found? These questions and more are thoroughly explained in this engaging tour of one of mathematics' most interesting phenomena. The authors  trace the appearance of the Golden Ratio throughout history, demonstrate a variety of ingenious techniques used to construct it, and illustrate... more...

  • A Mathematician and His Mathematical Workby Shiing-Shen Chern; S-.Y. Cheng

    World Scientific Publishing Company 1996; US$ 179.00

    This volume is about the life and work of Shiing-Shen Chern (1911–), one of the leading mathematicians of this century. The book contains personal accounts by some friends, together with a summary of the mathematical works by Chern himself. Besides a selection of the mathematical papers the book also contains all his papers published after 1988. more...

  • Goldbach Conjectureby Yuan Wang; Stanley Liu

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2002; US$ 187.00

    This book provides a detailed description of a most important unsolved mathematical problem — the Goldbach conjecture. Raised in 1742 in a letter from Goldbach to Euler, this conjecture attracted the attention of many mathematical geniuses. Several great achievements were made, but only until the 1920's. The book gives an exposition of... more...

  • Changing Images in Mathematicsby Umberto Bottazini; Amy Dahan Dalmedico

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 44.95

    This book focuses on some of the major developments in the history of contemporary (19th and 20th century) mathematics as seen in the broader context of the development of science and culture. Avoiding technicalities, it displays the breadth of contrasting images of mathematics favoured by different countries, schools and historical movements, showing... more...