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History of Mathematics

ISBN-10: 0199599688

ISBN-13: 9780199599684

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jacqueline Stedall

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Mathematics is a fundamental human activity that can be practised and understood in a multitude of ways; indeed, mathematical ideas themselves are far from being fixed, but are adapted and changed by their passage across periods and cultures. In thisVery Short Introduction, Jacqueline Stedall explores the rich historical and cultural diversity of mathematical endeavour from the distant past to the present day.Arranged thematically, to exemplify the varied contexts in which people have learned, used, and handed on mathematics, she also includes illustrative case studies drawn from a range of times and places, including early imperial China, the medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-century Britain.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 3/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.53" wide x 6.81" long x 0.33" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Jacqueline Stedall researches and teaches history of mathematics at the University of Oxford. She has written a number of books on Early Modern European mathematics and co-edited, with Eleanor Robson, The Oxford Handbook of the history of mathematics . She is a longstanding member of the British Society for the History of Mathematics and Editor of its Bulletin .

Mathematics: myth and history
What is mathematics and who is a mathematician?
How are mathematical ideas disseminated?
Learning mathematics
Mathematical livelihoods
Getting inside mathematics
The evolving historiography of mathematics
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