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Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem

by Ellen Kaplan & Robert Kaplan

The untold history of the most famous relation in mathematics and what it illustrates about the nature of human reasoning.


Robert Recorde: The Life and Times of a Tudor Mathematician

by Gareth Roberts & Fenny Smith

The inventor of the equals sign (=), Robert Recorde (1510?-1558) was the first English-writing mathematics educator: this book celebrates his work.


A History of Mathematics

by Carl B. Boyer & Uta C. Merzbach

The updated new edition of the classic and comprehensive guide to the history of mathematics

For more than forty years, A History of Mathematics has been the reference of choice for those looking to learn about...


Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics

by Zvi Artstein

In this accessible and illuminating study of how the science of mathematics developed, a veteran math researcher and educator looks at the ways in which  our evolutionary makeup is both a help and a hindrance...


Makers of Mathematics

by Stuart Hollingdale

Fascinating and highly readable, this book recounts the history of mathematics as revealed in the lives and writings of the most distinguished practitioners of the art: Archimedes, Descartes, Fermat, Pascal,...


Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet

by John Bemelmans Marciano

The intriguing tale of why the United States has never adopted the metric system, and what that says about us.

The American standard system of measurement is a unique and odd thing to behold with its esoteric,...


The Magic of Numbers

by Eric Temple Bell

From one of the foremost interpreters for lay readers of the history and meaning of mathematics: a stimulating account of the origins of mathematical thought and the development of numerical theory. It probes...


The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

by David Berlinski

Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. And for over two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid’s Elements...


Non-Euclidean Geometry

by Roberto Bonola

Examines various attempts to prove Euclid's parallel postulate — by the Greeks, Arabs and Renaissance mathematicians. It considers forerunners and founders such as Saccheri, Lambert, Legendre, W. Bolyai, Gauss,...


The Development of Mathematics Throughout the Centuries: A Brief History in a Cultural Context

by Brian Evans

Throughout the book, readers take a journey throughout time and observe how people around the world have understood these patterns of quantity, structure, and dimension around them. The Development of Mathematics...


Native American Mathematics

by MIchael P. Closs

There is no question that native cultures in the New World exhibit many forms of mathematical development. This Native American mathematics can best be described by considering the nature of the concepts found...


The Origins of Cauchy's Rigorous Calculus

by Judith V. Grabiner

This text examines the reinterpretation of calculus by Augustin-Louis Cauchy and his peers in the 19th century. These intellectuals created a collection of well-defined theorems about limits, continuity, series,...


A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume I: From Thales to Euclid

by Sir Thomas Heath

Volume 1 of an authoritative two-volume set that covers the essentials of mathematics and features every landmark innovation and every important figure, including Euclid, Apollonius, and others.


A History of Mathematical Notations

by Florian Cajori

This classic study notes the origin of a mathematical symbol, the competition it encountered, its spread among writers in different countries, its rise to popularity, and its eventual decline or ultimate survival....


The European Mathematical Awakening: A Journey Through the History of Mathematics from 1000 to 1800

by Frank J. Swetz

A global survey of the history of mathematics, this collection of 32 articles traces the subject from AD 1000 to 1800. Newly corrected and updated essays introduce fascinating studies by Fibonacci, Descartes,...


The Equation that Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry

by Mario Livio

What do the music of J. S. Bach, the basic forces of nature, Rubik's Cube, and the selection of mates have in common? They are all characterized by certain symmetries. Symmetry is the concept that bridges the...


A Source Book in Mathematics

by David Eugene Smith

The writings of Newton, Leibniz, Pascal, Riemann, Bernoulli, and others in a comprehensive selection of 125 treatises dating from the Renaissance to the late 19th century — most unavailable elsewhere.


A Mathematical History of the Golden Number

by Roger Herz-Fischler

This comprehensive study traces the historic development of division in extreme and mean ratio ("the golden number") from its first appearance in Euclid's Elements through the 18th century. Features numerous...


Mathematical Papers

by George Green & N. M. Ferrers

This compilation of Green's most significant works includes essays on theories of electricity and magnetism, laws of the equilibrium of fluids, the attractions of ellipsoids of variable densities, and more....


The Hindu-Arabic Numerals

by David Eugene Smith & Louis Charles Karpinski

Concise history of the origin and development of Hindu-Arabic numerals recounts international labors of scholars, assesses the historical testimony, and draws conclusions from the evidence. 1911 edition.