A history of mathematics [electronic resource] : from Mesopotamia to modernity / Luke Hodgkin.
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005.
1 online resource (296 p.)
- Mathematics -- History.
Mathematics, Babylonian -- History.
Mathematics, Greek -- History.
Mathematics, Chinese -- History.
Mathematics, Arab -- History.
Mathematics -- Europe, Western -- History.
- Electronic books.
- A History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity 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 th
- Contents; List of figures; Picture Credits; Introduction; 1. Babylonian mathematics; 2. Greeks and 'origins'; 3. Greeks, practical and theoretical; 4. Chinese mathematics; 5. Islam, neglect and discovery; 6. Understanding the 'scientific revolution'; 7. The calculus; 8. Geometries and space; 9. Modernity and its anxieties; 10. A chaotic end?; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -269) and index.
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