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Dr. Ecco: Mathematical Detective

by Dennis Shasha

The heroic Dr. Ecco uncovers a fiendish plot in this collection of original puzzles inspired by research methods of computer science and mathematics. No sophisticated mathematical background necessary. Solutions....


A Short History of Science to the Nineteenth Century

by Charles Singer

This fascinating and highly readable study by a noted historian uses maps, charts and diagrams to trace the development of the idea of a rational and interconnected material world across two and half millennia....


From Paracelsus to Newton: Magic and the Making of Modern Science

by Charles Webster

This fascinating book highlights the worldviews of the 16th and 17th centuries with a masterly series of essays that explore three cases relating to prophecy, spiritual magic, and demonic magic.


The Functions of Mathematical Physics

by Harry Hochstadt

Comprehensive text provides a detailed treatment of orthogonal polynomials, principal properties of the gamma function, hypergeometric functions, Legendre functions, confluent hypergeometric functions, and Hill's...


Intriguing Mathematical Problems

by Oswald Jacoby & William H. Benson

Treasury of challenging brainteasers includes puzzles involving numbers, letters, probability, reasoning, more: The Enterprising Snail, The Fly and the Bicycles, The Lovesick Cockroaches, many others. No advanced...


Alchemy and Alchemists

by C. J. S. Thompson

Well-researched study traces history of alchemy, chronicling search for philosopher's stone and elixir of life, alchemist's laboratory and apparatus, symbols and secret alphabets, famous practitioners, plus...


A Survey of Minimal Surfaces

by Robert Osserman

Newly updated accessible study covers parametric and non-parametric surfaces, isothermal parameters, Bernstein’s theorem, much more, including such recent developments as new work on Plateau’s problem and...


Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Statistics

by A. Y. Khinchin

A coherent, well-organized look at the basis of quantum statistics’ computational methods, the determination of the mean values of occupation numbers, the foundations of the statistics of photons and material...


Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: The Formation of Concepts in Modern Mathematics

by Friedrich Waismann

Examinations of arithmetic, geometry, and theory of integers; rational and natural numbers; complete induction; limit and point of accumulation; remarkable curves; complex and hypercomplex numbers; more. Includes...


Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint: Geometry

by Felix Klein

This comprehensive treatment features analytic formulas, enabling precise formulation of geometric facts, and it covers geometric manifolds and transformations, concluding with a systematic discussion of fundamentals....


The Path to the Double Helix: The Discovery of DNA

by Robert Olby

Written by a noted historian of science, this in-depth account traces how Watson and Crick achieved one of science's most dramatic feats: their 1953 discovery of the molecular structure of DNA.


The Sceptical Chymist

by Robert Boyle

This 1661 classic defines the term "element" and asserts that all natural phenomena can be explained by the motion and organization of primary particles. 1911 edition.


Engineering Analysis of Flight Vehicles

by Holt Ashley

Excellent graduate-level text explores virtually every important subject in the fields of subsonic, transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aerodynamics and dynamics, demonstrating their interface in atmospheric...


Numbers: Their History and Meaning

by Graham Flegg

Readable, jargon-free book examines the earliest endeavors to count and record numbers, initial attempts to solve problems by using equations, and origins of infinite cardinal arithmetic. "Surprisingly exciting."...


Mathematical Snapshots

by H. Steinhaus

Numerous photographs, diagrams explain mathematical phenomena in series of thought-provoking expositions. From simple puzzles to more advanced problems, topics include psychology of lottery players, new and...


Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics: Third, Enlarged Edition

by Max Jammer

Historical surveys consider Judeo-Christian notions of space, Newtonian absolute space, perceptions from 18th century to the present, more. Numerous quotations and references. "Admirably compact and swiftly...


An Introduction to Linear Algebra

by L. Mirsky

Rigorous, self-contained coverage of determinants, vectors, matrices and linear equations, quadratic forms, more. Elementary, easily readable account with numerous examples and problems at the end of each chapter....


Basic Machines and How They Work

by Naval Education

Only elementary math skills are needed to follow this manual, which covers many machines and their components, including hydrostatics and hydraulics, internal combustion engines, trains, and more. 204 black-and-white...


The Fourth Dimension Simply Explained

by Henry P. Manning

Twenty-two essays examine the fourth dimension: how it may be studied, its relationship to non-Euclidean geometry, analogues to three-dimensional space, its absurdities and curiosities, and its simpler properties....


Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint: Arithmetic, Algebra, Analysis

by Felix Klein

Graphical and geometrically perceptive methods enliven a distinguished mathematician's treatment of arithmetic, algebra, and analysis. Topics include calculating with natural numbers, complex numbers, goniometric...