A unique exploration of the development of mathematics, from the Ancient to the Modern world, by one of the world’s leading authorities in the field.
Beginning with the ancient Greeks and Chinese, The Fontana History of the Mathematical Sciences charts the growth of modern mathematics the science at the heart of all sciences.
This volume covers all the major aspects of the discipline, from early geometry, the growth of calculus and mechanics, the development of algebra, to the interplay between mathematics and modern physics and the evolution of ‘new’ branches such as statistics and probability.
Grattan-Guinness also covers the sometimes tense relations between mathematics and religion, the whole problem of mathematical ‘proof’, how mathematical brekathroughs occur and the role and importance of mathematics.
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‘Brilliant: a most impressive scientific work [bearing] three remarkable assets: the work leads from the beginning of human history to the middle of the twentieth century and through all fields of mathematics including its applications. Stylistically, it combines the content of an encyclopaedia with the chronology of narrative. Finally, the work is based on an impressive use of critically analyzed literature One secures instruction and insight in equal measure, and is shown the interrelation of all the historical developments in
PROFESSOR HANS WUSSING, University of Leipzig.
‘A useful book to have around for those seriously interested in the development of mathematics.’
Beginning with the Babylonian and Egyptian mathematicians of antiquity, the 'Fontana History of the Mathematical Sciences' charts the growth of mathematics, through its refinement by ancient Greeks and then medieval Arabs, to its systematic development by Europeans from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. The traditions of the Far East are also examined. The book describes the evolution of all the major aspects of the discipline: arithmetic and geometry, trigonometry and algebra, the interplay between mathematics, physics and mathematical astronomy, and ‘new’ branches such as probability, statistics and mathematical economics. Authoritative and comprehensive, the 'Fontana History of the Mathematical Sciences' is a unique account of the development of the science that is at the heart of so man sciences.
“In his 'Fontana History of the Mathematical Sciences', Ivor Grattan – Guinness succeeds masterfully in viewing the history of mathematics from a new perspective. He construes mathematically broadly in order to follow the many, multifarious influences on its development. He gives us not just the story of so-called pure mathematics, as so many others before him have done; he emphasises the complex interrelations between applications in both theoretical and practical contexts – and the production of new mathematical theories … Grattan – Guinness has achieved a synthesis here of remarkable historical and mathematical scope and sensitivity. His book is a ‘must read’ for historians of science and mathematics, as well as mathematicians.”
PROFESSOR KAREN HUNGER PARSHALL, Editor of 'Historia Mathematica'
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Book Description Fontana Press, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006861792