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History & Philosophy

  • Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematicsby Jiri Hudecek

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 155.00

    Twentieth-century China has been caught between a desire to increase its wealth and power in line with other advanced nations, which, by implication, means copying their institutions, practices and values, whilst simultaneously seeking to preserve China?s independence and historically formed identity. Over time, Chinese philosophers, writers, artists... more...

  • Taming the Unknownby Victor J. Katz; Karen Hunger Parshall

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 49.50

    What is algebra? For some, it is an abstract language of x?s and y?s. For mathematics majors and professional mathematicians, it is a world of axiomatically defined constructs like groups, rings, and fields. Taming the Unknown considers how these two seemingly different types of algebra evolved and how they relate. Victor Katz and Karen Parshall... more...

  • Force and Geometry in Newton's "Principia"by Curtis Wilson; François De Gandt

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 49.95

    In this book François De Gandt introduces us to the reading of Newton's Principia in its own terms. The path of access that De Gandt proposes leads through the study of the geometrization of force. The result is a highly original meditation on the sources and meaning of Newton's magnum opus . In Chapter I De Gandt presents a translation of and... more...

  • Role of Mathematics in the Rise of Scienceby Salomon Bochner

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 64.00

    The central theme of these essays is the nature and role of mathematics, its growth and spread, and its involvement with ever-wider areas of knowledge. The author attempts to determine the decisive and creative aspects of the abstractness" of mathematics which have made it the dominant intellectual force that it is. He frequently confronts the mathematics... more...

  • Abraham Robinsonby Joseph Warren Dauben

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 92.95

    One of the most prominent mathematicians of the twentieth century, Abraham Robinson discovered and developed nonstandard analysis, a rigorous theory of infinitesimals that he used to unite mathematical logic with the larger body of historic and modern mathematics. In this first biography of Robinson, Joseph Dauben reveals the mathematician's personal... more...

  • Correspondence of John Wallis (1616-1703)by Philip Beeley; Christoph J. Scriba

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 299.99

    The Correspondence of John Wallis (1616 -1703) is a critically acclaimed resource in the history of early modern science. Volume IV covers the period from 1672 to April 1675 and contains over eighty previously unpublished letters. It documents Wallis's role in the crucial debate over the method of tangents involving figures such as Sluse, James... more...

  • Instruments and the Imaginationby Thomas L. Hankins; Robert J. Silverman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 56.50

    Thomas Hankins and Robert Silverman investigate an array of instruments from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century that seem at first to be marginal to science--magnetic clocks that were said to operate by the movements of sunflower seeds, magic lanterns, ocular harpsichords (machines that played different colored lights in harmonious mixtures),... more...

  • Archimedesby Eduard Jan Dijksterhuis

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 73.50

    This classic study by the eminent Dutch historian of science E. J. Dijksterhuis (1892-1965) presents the work of the Greek mathematician and mechanical engineer to the modern reader. With meticulous scholarship, Dijksterhuis surveys the whole range of evidence on Archimedes' life and the 2000-year history of the manuscripts and editions of the text,... more...

  • Mathematics for the Liberal Artsby Donald Bindner; Martin J. Erickson; Joe Hemmeter

    Wiley 2014; US$ 92.95

    Presents a clear bridge between mathematics and the liberal arts Mathematics for the Liberal Arts provides a comprehensible and precise introduction to modern mathematics intertwined with the history of mathematical discoveries. The book discusses mathematical ideas in the context of the unfolding story of human thought and highlights the application... more...

  • A Comet of the Enlightenmentby Johan C.-E. Stén

    Springer 2014; US$ 129.00

    The Finnish mathematician and astronomer Anders Johan Lexell (1740-1784) was a long-time close collaborator as well as the academic successor of Leonhard Euler at the Imperial Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg. Lexell was initially invited by Euler from his native town of Abo (Turku) in Finland to Saint Petersburg to assist in the mathematical... more...