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  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Greek Mathematical Thought and the Origin of Algebraby Jacob Klein

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 18.95

    Important study focuses on the revival and assimilation of ancient Greek mathematics in the 13th-16th centuries, via Arabic science, and the 16th-century development of symbolic algebra. 1968 edition. Bibliography. more...

  • Introduction to the Foundations of Mathematicsby Raymond L. Wilder

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 24.95

    Classic undergraduate text acquaints students with fundamental concepts and methods of mathematics. Topics include axiomatic method, set theory, infinite sets, groups, intuitionism, formal systems, mathematical logic, and much more. 1965 second edition. more...