A History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity

Hardcover | June 15, 2005

byLuke Hodgkin

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iA History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity/i covers the evolution of mathematics through time and across the major Eastern and Western civilizations. It begins in Babylon, then describes the trials and tribulations of the Greek mathematicians. The important, and often neglected,influence of both Chinese and Islamic mathematics is covered in detail, placing the description of early Western mathematics in a global context. The book concludes with modern mathematics, covering recent developments such as the advent of the computer, chaos theory, topology, mathematical physics,and the solution of Fermat's Last Theorem.Containing more than 100 illustrations and figures, this text, aimed at advanced undergraduates and postgraduates, addresses the methods and challenges associated with studying the history of mathematics. The reader is introduced to the leading figures in the history of mathematics (includingArchimedes, Ptolemy, Qin Jiushao, al-Kashi, al-Khwarizmi, Galileo, Newton, Leibniz, Helmholtz, Hilbert, Alan Turing, and Andrew Wiles) and their fields. An extensive bibliography with cross-references to key texts will provide invaluable resource to students and exercises (with solutions) willstretch the more advanced reader.

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iA History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity/i covers the evolution of mathematics through time and across the major Eastern and Western civilizations. It begins in Babylon, then describes the trials and tribulations of the Greek mathematicians. The important, and often neglected,influence of both Chinese and Islamic mathem...

Luke Hodgkin is at King's College, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.69 inPublished:June 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198529376

ISBN - 13:9780198529378

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Babylonian mathematics2. Greeks and 'Origins'3. Greeks, practical and theoretical4. Chinese mathematics5. Islam, neglect and discovery6. Understanding the 'Scientific Revolution'7. The Calculus8. Geometries and Space9. Modernity and its Anxieties10. A Chaotic End?BibliographyIndex

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.,."Hodgkin sets his book apart by going beyond the expected...Hodgkin offers the history of mathematics from the appealing viewpoint of a questioning reader."--CHOICE