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The Story of Mathematics - A History of Mathematical Thought from Ancient Times to the Modern Day

Among them were Aryabhata c. A Persian named Al-Khwarizmi was also a famous mathematician. He lived in the early 9th century. He wrote about Indian numerals and algebra. He discovered the Fibonacci series of numbers. Each number is equal to the sum of the previous two numbers 1, 1, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc. During the 17th century mathematics made rapid progress. A Scot named John Napier invented logarithms. Englishman William Oughtred invented the slide rule. He also began using the symbol X for multiplication. John Graunt was the first man to study statistics. Meanwhile, a Frenchman named Blaise Pascal studied probability.

Renes Descartes invented the Cartesian coordinate system with x and y axes. Gottfried Leibniz invented calculus. One of the greatest mathematicians of the 18th century was Leonhard Euler Euler made many discoveries and he wrote hundreds of books on mathematics.

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A Short Account of the History of Mathematics (Dover Books on Mathematics)

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Get to Know Us. The toughest reading of my life so far, beautiful. Feb 02, Maggie rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. View 2 comments. The last 3rd part of the book focused on more modern mathematics which I struggled with understanding. Given the author's target audience, finite scope and the time of writing, I understand why the book doesn't mention anything other than post Greek, European mathematics. I wonder in what ways this book would be changed if it were revised using the research available today. Finally, I must not forget to mention that Paul King did a great job narrating this book, thank you for your work and generosity.

Jul 06, Jacob rated it it was ok Shelves: maths. I found it a very interesting read from the chapter on systems on numeration until about the 18th century. Some sections are quite verbose and make for heavy reading.

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Especially having only a more modern mathematical education, the geometric proofs were just too difficult to follow. I like to approach subjects from a historical viewpoint, and since I'm currently trying to improve my knowledge of mathematics, I decided to read some books on the history of mathematics. This was the first, and probably not a great choice.


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The Dover reprint of the edition and with some footnotes obviously added later , it is as the author says in the preface essentially the same as the 2nd edition of except for some corrections of errors. This has a number of problems; first and most I like to approach subjects from a historical viewpoint, and since I'm currently trying to improve my knowledge of mathematics, I decided to read some books on the history of mathematics.

This has a number of problems; first and most obviously it doesn't cover any recent developments, but the scope is even less than I expected. There is virtually no coverage of pre-Greek mathematics except for a mention of the Rhind papyrus not much was known then, I suppose , there is no discussion of non-Western mathematics apart from the Hindu mathematicians the author denies that any "race" other than the "Aryan" and "Semitic" has any real mathematics; other groups are called "tribes"; he says that the Hindus made progress in mathematics for a short time while they kept their "Aryan blood pure" but then "degenerated" , and the nineteenth century is basically represented by a list of names and what areas they worked on, with little or nothing about the actual developments.

Even where the coverage of the later mathematics is a bit fuller, the choice of what to include and what to omit seems rather strange from a modern perspective, perhaps because the things I expected to see covered only became important in hindsight because they were used in twentieth century physics. There was also a problem with the terminology; it took me a while to catch on that "differential quotients" were just derivatives, and probably there were other things mentioned that I didn't recognize just because I know them by a more recent name.

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The book does give a fairly accurate and understandable account of European mathematics from Pythagoras to roughly Gauss, and the material on the Renaissance mathematicians was interesting and mainly new to me; but not a book I would recommend. I'll be looking at the books by Bell and Smith also old, but at least twentieth century and some on more specific topics, side by side with my reading in the actual math. Feb 22, Gwyneth Davidson rated it it was amazing Shelves: influence-of-habit-and-associatios.

I listened to this as a Libri Vox Audio Book. It was a very good narration. As can be expected, I learned a lot of history and also more about the different branches of Mathematics and its pioneers. A book of the author's time and place, it shows how embargos can affect the spread of knowledge.

Destruction of the university in Alexandria, Egypt led to scholars relocating to Byzantium Istanbul, Turkey The scholars in Syracuse kept knowledge to themselves The conflict between Moors and Christians kept knowledge out of Europe The first copy of Euclid's Elements that got translated into Latin accelerated study of Math in Europe The rules of the church kept knowledge within religious institutions The rules of the church prevented the use of Arabic numerals The dispute on the origin of calculus between Newton and Leibniz kept England isolated from developments in Europe The scholar Euler having worked in Prussia, France and Russia helped to spread knowledge I benefited from the time spent listening.

From the Back Cover This is the classic resource on the history of math providing a deeper understanding of the subject and how it has impacted our culture, all in one essential volume. Vlad Movchan rated it it was ok Mar 05, Viktor rated it really liked it Nov 26, Veronica Newsome rated it really liked it Mar 01, Abdullah Najjar rated it did not like it Jun 17, James Wayne King rated it really liked it Mar 27, Joshua rated it it was amazing Apr 28, Mike rated it really liked it May 29, Graham rated it it was amazing Dec 03, Daniel Kenefick rated it liked it Jun 09, Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Feb 12, Melbourne Bitter rated it liked it May 30, Anna rated it really liked it Dec 02, Stephen P rated it liked it Oct 09, Richard Lawler rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Heiren rated it really liked it Aug 12,