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History & Philosophy

  • Mathematics and the Real Worldby Zvi Artstein

    Prometheus Books 2014; US$ 12.99

    In this accessible and illuminating study of how the science of mathematics developed, a veteran math researcher and educator looks at the ways in which  our evolutionary makeup is both a help and a hindrance to the study of math. Artstein chronicles the discovery of important mathematical connections between mathematics and the real world from ancient... more...

  • Classical Mathematics from Al-Khwarizmi to Descartesby Roshdi Rashed

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 160.00

    This book follows the development of classical mathematics and the relation between work done in the Arab and Islamic worlds and that undertaken by the likes of Descartes and Fermat. ?Early modern,? mathematics is a term widely used to refer to the mathematics which developed in the West during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. For many historians... 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...

  • Whatever Happened to the Metric System?by John Bemelmans Marciano

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 17.99

    The intriguing tale of why the United States has never adopted the metric system, and what that says about us. The American standard system of measurement is a unique and odd thing to behold with its esoteric, inconsistent standards: twelve inches in a foot, three feet in a yard, sixteen ounces in a pound, one hundred pennies to the dollar. For... more...

  • 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...