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  • Meta Math!by Gregory Chaitin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.95

    Gregory Chaitin, one of the world?s foremost mathematicians, leads us on a spellbinding journey, illuminating the process by which he arrived at his groundbreaking theory. Chaitin?s revolutionary discovery, the Omega number, is an exquisitely complex representation of unknowability in mathematics. His investigations shed light on what we can ultimately... more...

  • Livre IV. Commentaire historique et mathématique, édition et traduction du texte arabeby Roshdi Rashed

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 182.00

    Book IV of the Konika consists of two parts; the first presents a theory of poles and polars, the second deals with the number of intersections and points of contact in a conic section. Previously the book was only extant as the very unreliable text of a Greek commentary by Eutocius. Roshdi Rashed here presents for the first time an edition... more...

  • New Perspectives on Mathematical Practicesby Bart Van Kerkhove

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2008; US$ 193.00

    This volume focuses on the importance of historical enquiry for the appreciation of philosophical problems concerning mathematics. It contains a well-balanced mixture of contributions by internationally established experts, such as Jeremy Gray and Jens Hoyrup; upcoming scholars, such as Erich Reck and Dirk Schlimm; and young, promising researchers... more...

  • Livres VI et VII. Commentaire historique et mathématique, édition et traduction du texte arabeby Roshdi Rashed

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 182.00

    Book VI of the Konika is essentially devoted to the question of the identity and similarity of two conic sections, or two parts of conic sections. In Book VII Apollonius deals with the various relationships between the lengths of diameters and conjugate diameters. The results are applied to the exposition of a number of problems, as well... more...

  • Plato's Ghostby Jeremy Gray

    Princeton University Press 2008; US$ 57.50

    Plato's Ghost is the first book to examine the development of mathematics from 1880 to 1920 as a modernist transformation similar to those in art, literature, and music. Jeremy Gray traces the growth of mathematical modernism from its roots in problem solving and theory to its interactions with physics, philosophy, theology, psychology, and ideas... more...

  • Selected Works of A.I. Shirshovby Michail V. Kotchetov

    Springer 2009; US$ 189.00

    Russian mathematician AI Shirshov (1921-1981) was a pioneer in several directions of associative, Lie, Jordan, and alternative algebras, as well as groups and projective planes. This book presents translations of his selected works. more...

  • Hermann Graßmannby Hans-Joachim Petsche

    Springer 2009; US$ 99.95

    Hermann Grassmann whose career was spent as a high-school teacher in Stettin is known as the founder of n-dimensional vector algebra as well as for his lasting contributions to physics and linguistics. This biography goes into detail of the complex network of internal and external factors that shaped Grassmann's development. more...

  • The Mathematical Science of Christopher Wrenby J. A. Bennett

    Cambridge University Press 1983; US$ 36.00

    This book considers Wren's 'other' career as an astronomer, and shows how science informed his architectural philosophy. more...

  • Jan de Witt's Elementa Curvarum Linearumby Albert W. Grootendorst; Jan Aarts; Miente Bakker; Reinie Erne

    Springer 2010; US$ 129.00

    Following on from the 2000 edition of Jan De Witt's "Elementa Curvarum Linearum, Liber Primus", this book provides the accompanying translation of the second volume of "Elementa Curvarum Linearum (Foundations of Curved Lines)". One of the first books to be published on Analytic Geometry, it was originally written in Latin by... more...

  • Grounding Conceptsby C. S. Jenkins

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 73.99

    Grounding Concepts tackles the issue of arithmetical knowledge, developing a new position which respects three intuitions which have appeared impossible to satisfy simultaneously: a priorism, mind-independence realism, and empiricism.Drawing on a wide range of philosophical influences, but avoiding unnecessary technicality, a view is developed whereby... more...