Math Through the Ages A Gentle History for Teachers and Others

ISBN-10: 0883857367

ISBN-13: 9780883857366

Edition: 2nd 2004

List price: $43.75
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This title contains 25 sketches regarding the history of mathematical ideas. Where did maths come from? Who thought up the algebra symbols, and why? What's the story behind negative numbers, the metric system and quadratic equations? All these questions and more are answered.
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List price: $43.75
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 284
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Caroline Lawrence is American. She lives with her husband by the river in London and is active as a speaker in schools and at book festivals. She took part in the British Museum's POMPEII LIVE event, giving talks that were streamed to schools all over the UK, and she is the winner of the 2009 CLASSICS ASSOCIATION PRIZE for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics'. In addition to the 17 novels in the ROMAN MYSTERIES sequence, Caroline Lawrence has written five spin-off titles, all of which have contributed to total UK sales in excess of 1 million copies. Her latest new series is THE P.K. PINKERTON MYSTERIES.Visit Caroline's website at and follow her on Twitter @CarolineLawrenc. Visit The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries website at, follow on Twitter @PK_Pinkerton, like on Facebook at and read the blog at

History in the mathematics classroom
The history of mathematics in a large nutshell
Keeping count - writing whole numbers
Reading and writing arithmetic - where the symbols came from
Nothing becomes a number - the story of zero
Broken numbers - writing fractions
Something less than nothing? - negative numbers
By tens and tenths - metric measurement
Measuring the circle - the story of p
The Cossic art - writing algebra with symbols
Linear thinking - solving first degree equations
A square and things - quadratic equations
Intrigue in renaissance Italy - solving cubic equations
A cheerful fact - the Pythagorean theorem
A marvelous proof - Fermat's last theorem
On beauty bare - Euclid's plane geometry
In perfect shape - the Platonic solids
Shapes by the numbers - coordinate geometry
Impossible, imaginary useful - complex numbers
Half is better - sine and cosine
Strange new worlds - the non-Euclidean geometries
In the eye of the beholder - projective geometry
What's in a game - the start of probability theory
Making sense of data - statistics becomes a science
Machines that think - electronic computers
Beyond counting - infinity and the theory of sets
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