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The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

Jacqueline Stedall

February 2012

ISBN: 9780199599684

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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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 medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-century Britain.

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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 medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-century Britain.

  • Uses a thematic development of ideas, to draw examples and identify themes from a wide variety of times and places
  • Examines how the definition of mathematics has changed through history, with eventual professionalization
  • Considers how the teaching and learning of mathematics has developed
  • Uses illustrative case studies including examples from early imperial China, the medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-century Britain
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jacqueline Stedall

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.

Table of Contents

    1:Mathematics: myth and history
    2:What is mathematics and who is a mathematician?
    3:How are mathematical ideas disseminated?
    4:Learning mathematics
    5:Mathematical livelihoods
    6:Getting inside mathematics
    7:The evolving historiography of mathematics
    Further reading

Reviews

"Stimulating and accessible." - Mathematical Gazette