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History & Philosophy

  • Ten Great Ideas about Chanceby Persi Diaconis; Brian Skyrms

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 27.95 US$ 25.43

    A fascinating account of the breakthrough ideas that transformed probability and statistics In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of probability, setting the stage for a series of breakthroughs that enabled or transformed innumerable fields, from... more...

  • Closing the Gapby Vicky Neale

    OUP Oxford 2017; US$ 17.99

    Mathematicians have recently made dramatic progress on the Twin Primes Conjecture, which asserts that there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers that differ by 2. This book will describe two stories: that of the recent work on the Twin Primes Conjecture, and in parallel the related ideas from the previous two thousand years of mathematics. more...

  • Wonders Beyond Numbersby Johnny Ball

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2017; US$ 10.99

    In this book, Johnny Ball tells one of the most important stories in world history – the story of mathematics. By introducing us to the major characters and leading us through many historical twists and turns, Johnny slowly unravels the tale of how humanity built up a knowledge and understanding of shapes, numbers and patterns from ancient times,... more...

  • From Riemann to Differential Geometry and Relativityby Lizhen Ji; Athanase Papadopoulos; Sumio Yamada

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 129.52

    This book explores the work of Bernhard Riemann and its impact on mathematics, philosophy and physics. It features contributions from a range of fields, historical expositions, and selected research articles that were motivated by Riemann’s ideas and demonstrate their timelessness. The editors are convinced of the tremendous value of going into Riemann’s... more...

  • Mathematics and Logic in History and in Contemporary Thoughtby Ettore Carruccio; Isabel Quigly

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    This book is not a conventional history of mathematics as such, a museum of documents and scientific curiosities. Instead, it identifies this vital science with the thought of those who constructed it and in its relation to the changing cultural context in which it evolved. Particular emphasis is placed on the philosophic and logical systems, from... more...

  • A Cultural History of Reforming Math for Allby Jennifer D. Diaz

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    While many accept that math is a universal, culturally indifferent subject in school, this book demonstrates that this is anything but true. Building off of a historically conscious understanding of school reform, Diaz makes the case that the language of mathematics, and the symbols through which it is communicated, is not merely about the alleged... more...

  • Linienwissen und Liniendenkenby Sabine Mainberger; Esther Ramharter

    De Gruyter 2017; US$ 172.99

    Online, offline, Linienflug, rote Linie, Richtlinie, Horizont – in unserer Sprache und unserem Alltag sind Linien omnipräsent. Auch in Künsten, Philosophie und Wissenschaften spielen sie eine zentrale Rolle. Sie sind grundlegend wie Bild, Schrift oder Zahl. Aus der Selbstverständlichkeit, mit der sie unsere Orientierung steuern, unser Denken ordnen... more...

  • Wagner’s Theory of Generalised Heapsby Christopher D. Hollings; Mark V. Lawson

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 129.52

    The theories of V. V. Wagner (1908-1981) on abstractions of systems of binary relations are presented here within their historical and mathematical contexts.  This book contains the first translation from Russian into English of a selection of Wagner’s papers, the ideas of which are connected to present-day mathematical research.  Along with a translation... more...

  • Mathematical Eleganceby Steven Goldberg

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    The heart of mathematics is its elegance; the way it all fits together. Unfortunately, its beauty often eludes the vast majority of people who are intimidated by fear of the difficulty of numbers. Mathematical Elegance remedies this. Using hundreds of examples, the author presents a view of the mathematical landscape that is both accessible and fascinating.... more...

  • The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjectsby Jennifer Beineke; Jason Rosenhouse

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 85.00 US$ 77.35

    The history of mathematics is filled with major breakthroughs resulting from solutions to recreational problems. Problems of interest to gamblers led to the modern theory of probability, for example, and surreal numbers were inspired by the game of Go. Yet even with such groundbreaking findings and a wealth of popular-level books, research in recreational... more...