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  • The Art of the Infiniteby Ellen Kaplan; Robert Kaplan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 14.09

    It is easy to be wary of mathematics - but as this book shows, drawing on science, literature and philosophy, its patterns are evrywhere. In witty and eloquent prose, Robert and Ellen Kaplan take mathematics back to its estranged audience, bringing understanding and clarity to a traditionally difficult subject, and revealing the beauty behind the equations.... more...

  • Scientific Natural Philosophyby E. E. Escultura

    Bentham Science Publishers 2011; US$ 24.00

    Scientific Natural Philosophy explains the nature and content of scientific natural philosophy, particularly qualitative modeling, and updates scientific methodology by providing details of the mathematics involved. The book presents a total view of our universe, from the fractal superstring to its destiny as black holes back in to dark matter, and... more...

  • The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introductionby Jacqueline Stedall

    OUP Oxford 2012; US$ 7.99

    In this Very Short Introduction, Jacqueline Stedall explores the rich historical and cultural diversity of mathematical endeavour from the distant past to the present day, using illustrative case studies drawn from a range of times and places; including early imperial China, the medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-century Britain. more...

  • From 0 to Infinity in 26 Centuriesby Chris Waring

    Michael O' Mara Books 2012; US$ 9.99

    We may remember their equations and discoveries from school, but do we remember who the men behind the maths were? From the theories of Pythagoras (and did you know he ran a secret brotherhood that studied maths, music and gymnastics?) to coining the term Googol, this title uncovers the mysteries of maths. more...

  • Mathematics in Victorian Britainby Raymond Flood; Adrian Rice; Robin Wilson; photographer and broadcaster Writer Foreword by Dr Adam Hart-Davis

    OUP Oxford 2011; US$ 57.99

    With a foreword by Adam Hart-Davis, this book constitutes perhaps the first general survey of the mathematics of the Victorian period. It charts the institutional development of mathematics as a profession, as well as exploring the numerous innovations made during this time, many of which are still familiar today. more...

  • Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematicsby Alfred S. Posamentier; Ingmar Lehmann

    Prometheus Books 2013; US$ 12.99

    Two veteran math educators demonstrate how some "magnificent mistakes" had profound consequences for our understanding of mathematics' key concepts. In the nineteenth century, English mathematician William Shanks spent fifteen years calculating the value of pi, setting a record for the number of decimal places. Later, his calculation was reproduced... more...

  • Alan Turing: His Work and Impactby S. Barry Cooper; J. van Leeuwen

    Elsevier Science 2013; US$ 74.95

    In this 2013 winner of the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers, as well as the 2013 PROSE Awards for Mathematics and Best in Physical Sciences & Mathematics, also from the AAP, readers will find many of the most significant contributions from the four-volume set of the Collected Works of A. M. Turing . These... more...

  • Gentzens Problemby J.v. Plato; Eckart Menzler-Trott

    Birkhäuser Basel 2013; US$ 38.03

    Gerhard Gentzen (1909-1945) ist der Begründer der modernen mathematischen Beweistheorie. Die nachhaltige Bedeutung der von ihm entwickelten Methoden, Regeln und Strukturen zeigt sich heute in wichtigen Teilgebieten der Informatik, in der Verifikation von Programmen. Die Arbeiten Gentzens über das natürliche Schliessen, der Sequenzenkalkül und die... more...

  • Finsler Set Theory: Platonism and Circularityby David Booth; Renatus Ziegler

    Birkhäuser Basel 2012; US$ 97.87

    Finsler's papers on set theory are presented, here for the first time in English translation, in three parts, and each is preceded by an introduction to the field written by the editors. In the philosophical part of his work Finsler develops his approach to the paradoxes, his attitude toward formalized theories and his defense of Platonism in mathematics.... more...

  • Felix Hausdorff zum Gedächtnisby Egbert Brieskorn

    Vieweg+Teubner Verlag 2013; US$ 61.68

    Der Band enthält zehn mathematische oder mathematikhistorische Beiträge, die in exemplarischer Weise Bedeutung und Wirkung wichtiger Arbeiten von Hausdorff darstellen. Darunter sind Beiträge von Mathematikern aller drei Universitäten, an denen Hausdorff gelehrt hat: Leipzig, Greifswald und Bonn. Der Gedenkband "Felix Hausdorff zum Gedächtnis" erschien... more...