The purpose of this book,
is to acquaint the student with mathematical language and mathematical life by
means of a number of historically important mathematical vignettes. This book
will also serve to help the prospective school teacher to become inured in some
of the important ideas of mathematics—both classical and modern.
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. The
subject-matter of this book is a historical summary of the development of
mathematics, illustrated by the lives and discoveries of those to whom the
progress of the science is mainly due. It may serve as an introduction to more
elaborate works on the subject, but primarily it is intended to give a short and
popular account of those leading facts in the history of mathematics which many
who are unwilling, or have not the time, to study it systematically may yet
desire to know.
The area of study known as the history
of mathematics is primarily an investigation into the origin of discoveries in
mathematics and, to a lesser extent, an investigation into the mathematical
methods and notation of the past.The reader of this book, whether a layman, a
student, or a teacher of a course in the history of mathematics, will find
that the level of mathematical background that is presupposed is approximately
that of a college junior or senior, but the material can be perused profitably
also by readers with either stronger or weaker mathematical preparation.
A History of Mathematics (1894) was the first popular presentation of the
history of mathematics in the United States.This book covers the period from
antiquity to the close of World War I, with major emphasis on advanced
mathematics and, in particular, the advanced mathematics of the nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries.
Leonard Conant was an American mathematician specializing in trigonometry. The
title of this work might lead the reader to suppose that it is principally
mathematical, but the treatment adopted by the anthropological. It is a study
of the evolution of the idea of number in primitive conditions and the
survivals of early forms in later stages of culture.
This course note is designed to
provide the historical background to some of the mathematics familiar to
students from A-level and the first four terms of undergraduate study, and looks
at a period from approximately the mid-sixteenth century to the end of the