Sherlock Holmes in Babylon: And Other Tales of Mathematical History

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Marlow Anderson, Victor Katz, Robin Wilson
MAA, 14 okt. 2004 - 387 pagina's
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Covering a span of almost 4000 years, from the ancient Babylonians to the eighteenth century, this collection chronicles the enormous changes in mathematical thinking over this time, as viewed by distinguished historians of mathematics from the past and the present. Each of the four sections of the book (Ancient Mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Mathematics, The Seventeenth Century, The Eighteenth Century) is preceded by a Foreword, in which the articles are put into historical context, and followed by an Afterword, in which they are reviewed in the light of current historical scholarship. In more than one case, two articles on the same topic are included, to show how knowledge and views about the topic changed over the years. This book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in mathematics and its history - and in particular by mathematics teachers at secondary, college, and university levels.
 

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Foreword
3
New Light on Plimpton 322 Eleanor Robson
14
B C 600 A D Max Dehn
27
Diophantus of Alexandria J D Swift
41
Hypatia of Alexandria A W Richeson
47
The Evolution of Mathematics in Ancient China Frank Swetz
60
Liu Hui and the First Golden Age of Chinese Mathematics Philip D Straffin
69
Number Systems of the North American Indians W C Eells
83
The Number System of the Mayas A W Richeson
94
Afterword
105
The Seventeenth Century
177
Sherlock Holmes in Babylon and Other Tales of Mathematical History
199
Afterword
297
Index
385
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