The Infinite in the Finite
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This book is an extended history of mathematics that places mathematical development firmly in its historical context. Each section begins with a description of the geography and history of the country considered. From there, lively retelling of the creation myths and legends leads on to a description of how its people wrote and counted. This is followed by relevant mathematical material. The book covers;

* The geometry of stone circles in Europe

* The area of triangles and volume of pyramids that concerned the engineers of the Pharoahs

* The Babylonian sexagesimal number system and our present measures of space and time which grew out of it

* The use of the abacus and remainder theory in China

* Greek mathematics from Pythagoras to Pappus. Detailed accounts of the work of apollonius and Archimedes are given.

* The invention of trigonometry by Arab mathematicians

* The solution of quadratic equations by completing the square developed in India

Each chapter has a mathematical case study which is discussed both in the context of thetimes and in th light of more recent developments. Worked examples are also included.

"The author has woven together a broad historical backgrounding and some fairly detailed but accessible mathematics in amost exciting way." John Fauvel, author of Let Newton Be!

AuthorAlistair Macintosh Wilson
BindingHardcover
EAN9780198539506
FormatImport
ISBN0198539509
Height950 mm
Length638 mm
Width138 mm
Weight212 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
MPNhalftones, numerous line figures, tables
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages538
Part Numberhalftones, numerous line figures, tables
Product GroupBook
Publication Date1995-10-26
PublisherOUP Oxford
StudioOUP Oxford
Sales Rank475740

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