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Circles DisturbedThe Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149042
eISBN:
9781400842681
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book brings together important thinkers in mathematics, history, and philosophy to explore the relationship between mathematics and narrative. “Circles disturbed” reflect the last words of ... More

Enlightening SymbolsA Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers

Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers

Joseph Mazur

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691173375
eISBN:
9781400850112
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691173375.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

While all of us regularly use basic mathematical symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols weren't available before the sixteenth century. What did ... More

Heavenly MathematicsThe Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

Glen Van Brummelen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175997
eISBN:
9781400844807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175997.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book traces the rich history of spherical trigonometry, revealing how the cultures of classical Greece, medieval Islam, and the modern West used this forgotten art to chart the heavens and the ... More

The Logician and the EngineerHow George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age

The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age

Paul J. Nahin

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176000
eISBN:
9781400844654
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176000.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we use—from our computers and cars, to home appliances. How did a system of mathematics ... More

Making and Breaking Mathematical SenseHistories and Philosophies of Mathematical Practice

Making and Breaking Mathematical Sense: Histories and Philosophies of Mathematical Practice

Roi Wagner

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691171715
eISBN:
9781400883783
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691171715.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

In line with the emerging field of philosophy of mathematical practice, this book pushes the philosophy of mathematics away from questions about the reality and truth of mathematical entities and ... More

Mathematics in Ancient EgyptA Contextual History

Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

Annette Imhausen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book traces the development of Egyptian mathematics, from the end of the fourth millennium BC—and the earliest hints of writing and number notation—to the end of the pharaonic period in ... More

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining SubjectsResearch in Recreational Math

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

Jennifer Beineke and Jason Rosenhouse (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164038
eISBN:
9781400881338
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The history of mathematics is filled with major breakthroughs resulting from solutions to recreational problems. Problems of interest to gamblers led to the modern theory of probability, for example, ... More

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining SubjectsResearch in Games, Graphs, Counting, and Complexity, Volume 2

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Games, Graphs, Counting, and Complexity, Volume 2

Jason Rosenhouse and Jennifer Beineke (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691171920
eISBN:
9781400889136
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691171920.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The history of mathematics is filled with major breakthroughs resulting from solutions to recreational problems. Problems of interest to gamblers led to the modern theory of probability, for example, ... More

Sourcebook in the Mathematics of Medieval Europe and North Africa

Sourcebook in the Mathematics of Medieval Europe and North Africa

Victor J. Katz, Menso Folkerts, Barnabas Hughes, Roi Wagner, and J. Lennart Berggren (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691156859
eISBN:
9781400883202
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691156859.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

Medieval Europe was a meeting place for the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic civilizations, and the fertile intellectual exchange of these cultures can be seen in the mathematical developments of the ... More

Taming the UnknownA History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149059
eISBN:
9781400850525
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149059.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

What is algebra? For some, it is an abstract language of x's and y's. For mathematics majors and professional mathematicians, it is a world of axiomatically defined constructs like groups, rings, and ... More

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