Math Explained: The Britannica Guide to The History of Mathematics, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615302212
  • ISBN-13: 9781615302215
  • DDC: 510.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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The field of mathematics today represents an ongoing global effort, spanning both countries and centuries. Through this in-depth narrative, students will learn how major mathematical concepts were first derived, as well as how they evolved with the advent of later thinkers shedding new light on various applications. Everything from Euclidean geometry to the philosophy of mathematics is illuminated as readers are transported to the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and beyond to discover the history of mathematical thought

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Ancient Western Mathematics.
2: Ancient Mathematical Sources.
3: Mathematics in Ancient Mesopotamia.
4: Mathematics in Ancient Egypt.
5: Greek Mathematics.
6: Mathematics in the Islamic World (8th–15th Century).
7: European Mathematics Since the Middle Ages.
8: European Mathematics During the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
9: Mathematics in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
10: Mathematics in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
11: South and East Asian Mathematics.
12: Ancient Traces.
13: The “Classical” Period.
14: Exchanges with Islamic and Western Mathematics.
15: Mathematics in China.
16: Mathematics in Japan.
17: The Foundations of Mathematics.
18: Ancient Greece to the Enlightenment.
19: The Reexamination of Infinity.
20: The Quest for Rigour.
21: The Philosophy of Mathematics.
22: Mathematical Platonism.
23: Mathematical Anti-Platonism.
24: Logicism, Intuitionism, and Formalism.
25: Mathematical Platonism: For and Against.