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  • Non-Euclidean Geometryby Roberto Bonola

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 15.95

    This is an excellent historical and mathematical view by a renowned Italian geometer of the geometries that have risen from a rejection of Euclid's parallel postulate. Students, teachers and mathematicians will find here a ready reference source and guide to a field that has now become overwhelmingly important. Non-Euclidean Geometry first examines... 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...

  • 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

    This comprehensive study traces the historic development of division in extreme and mean ratio ("the golden number") from its first appearance in Euclid's Elements through the 18th century. Features numerous illustrations. more...

  • A Long Way from Euclidby Constance Reid

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 13.95

    Lively guide by a prominent historian focuses on the role of Euclid's Elements in subsequent mathematical developments. Elementary algebra and plane geometry are sole prerequisites. 80 drawings. 1963 edition. more...

  • The Development of Mathematicsby E. T. Bell

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 24.95

    One of the 20th century's foremost scholars surveys the role of mathematics in civilization, describing the main principles, methods, and theories of mathematics from 4000 B.C. to 1945. 1945 edition. 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...

  • Episodes in the Mathematics of Medieval Islamby J.L. Berggren

    Springer New York 2014; US$ 69.99

    From the reviews: The book is, in spite of the author's more modest claims, an introductory survey of main developments in those disciplines which were particularly important in Medieval Islamic mathematics...No knowledge of mathematics (or of the history of mathematics) beyond normal high-school level is presupposed, and everything required beyond... 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...