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The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction
 

The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

By Stedall, Jacqueline A.

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In this Very Short Introduction, Jacqueline Stedall explores the rich historical and cultural diversity of mathematical endeavour from the distant past to the present day, using illustrative case studies drawn from a range of times and places; including early imperial China, the ... read full description below.

ISBN 9780199599684
Barcode 9780199599684
Published 6 March 2012 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Series Very Short Introductions
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ISBN-13 9780199599684
ISBN-10 0199599688
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 6 March 2012
International Publication Date 1 April 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Stedall, Jacqueline A.
Series Very Short Introductions
Category History of Mathematics
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 115mm
Height: 173mm
Spine: 8mm
Weight 114g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Mathematics - History
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 510.9
Catalogue Code 245745

Description of this Book

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 this Very 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This is a quite well-arranged and well-written book. ... [A]lthough written for and accessible to a general audience, it will also be informative and enjoyable for mathematicians. --Mathematical Reviews
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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

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