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Author: U. Merzbach,Uta C. Merzbach,Carl B. Boyer
ISBN13: 978-0471503576
Title: History of Mathematics
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Language: English
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Publisher: John Wiley and Sons (WIE); 2nd edition (September 27, 1989)
Pages: 780

History of Mathematics by U. Merzbach,Uta C. Merzbach,Carl B. Boyer

Uta C. Merzbach and Carl B. Boyer. xix. book is to present the history of mathematics with fidelity, not only to mathematical structure and exactitude, but also to historical perspective and detail. It would be folly, in a book of this scope, to expect that every date, as well as every decimal point, is correct.

The first chapter begins with the early efforts to count items and make a record of that information. The concept of counting and records of the items formed introduced a new way of thinking. Early number systems were shortly joined by spatial measurements.

Personal Name: Boyer, Carl B. (Carl Benjamin), 1906-. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book A history of mathematics, Carl B. Boyer ; revised by Uta C. Merzbach.

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Boyer and Merzbach distill thousands of years of mathematics into this fascinating chronicle. From the Greeks to Godel, the mathematics is brilliant; the cast of characters is distinguished; the ebb and flow of ideas is everywhere evident. And, while tracing the development of European mathematics, the authors do not overlook the contributions of Chinese, Indian, and Arabic civilizations. Without doubt, this is-and will long remain-a classic one-volume history of mathematics and mathematicians who create it.

Uta C. A history of mathematics, Carl B. Boyer and Uta Merzbach.

by Carl B. Boyer, Uta C. For more than forty years, A History of Mathematics has been the reference of choice for those looking to learn about the fascinating history of humankind’s relationship with numbers, shapes, and patterns. Distills thousands of years of mathematics into a single, approachable volume. Covers mathematical discoveries, concepts, and thinkers, from Ancient Egypt to the present. Boyer by Uta C. 1, 5. Publisher : Wiley.

A chronological history of mathematics from its earliest origins to the present day, this edition has been revised and updated to include new information on the 19th century, further references and essay questions, and material on Hilbert, Poincare and other 20th century mathematicians.
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A History Of Mathematics By Ta c. Merzbach and Carl B. Boyer – forward by Isaac Asimov
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Third Edition, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-470-52548-7, 668 pages
This is first and last a history book. The first chapter begins with the early efforts to count items and make a record of that information. The concept of counting and records of the items formed introduced a new way of thinking. Early number systems were shortly joined by spatial measurements. I found it challenging to imagine what the early number systems met and more challenging to imagine what prompted the changes through the early records of history. This is not just a history of western civilization but includes the influences of Islamic world, China and India. From the number systems the book moves to elements of arithmetic, geometry and number theory. Mathematics slowly evolves into the art and science of solving problems. But this is not a book on how to solve mathematical problems but the history of when the problems were first defined and the initial attempts to solve them. Late in the book actual solutions by early mathematicians are addressed. Again the emphasis is on the history of the men making the discoveries not the solutions. Through out my reading of the book I found I took time to try to write the problem in modern notation and then recognized the solutions I was taught as a student. The book travels across many fields in mathematics some of which I have little knowledge and thus probably did not appreciate the elements of those chapters. This did not discourage me but instead prompted me to make a short list of topics to revisit in modern textbooks next year. Every mathematician should know the history of his craft and reading this book is a fine start.

Michael Andrew Marsden – The North Idaho Ghost Writer
I picked up this and Burton's similarly named book, and I just wanted to make a few comments and comparisons of the two.

First off, both are excellent reads, and although they cover the same subject they approach it in two different manners. Boyer's text takes the style of a history book to approach the topic. It often focuses on the people and on the time period, commenting on political/cultural going-on. Its an enjoyable book to read, almost in the sense of reading a novel. Usually the mathematics is brought up in the text, but most of the proofs and derivations are often glossed over. Possible many of those mathematical details were in the questions that are no longer at the end of the chapters. But I found missing those details to be somewhat frustrating.

Conversely Burton takes the approach of a mathematics textbook that follows the story line of history. Its filled with proofs and examples, but isn't quite as rich in historical content. Each chapter ends with numerous "homework" problems, often times relating to specific solutions to a problem found by different mathematicians.

Both are excellent books, but depending on your personal taste and interests you may prefer one approach over the other. If you are looking to sit down and work through historical mathematical problems, Burton is probably right for you. If you want to cozy up and imagine what life and thought was like throughout different times in civilization, Boyer is probably your answer.

Hope this is helpful.
Great reference book and for idle reading.
I first bought the firt edition about 25 years ago when I was still a matriculation student preparing the examination to university. This book has been with me for more than one fourth of a decade. I also own the second edition of the same book.
It is a pity that the new author did not take the opportunity to expand the book to a much wider scale. ( what I mean is not to a encycoplaedic but at least expand the history of mathematics in the 20 the century. Now back to the book. What makes this book different other ones, I think it is the historical intuition of Boyer makes this book eternal. Some book arrange the content chronologically and somes book arrange the content according to the topics. However, Boyer cleverly combined that two . Also, he also extinctly discuss the topics proportional to their importance in the history. There is not too much mathematics and
there is not too few mathematics, Just a few words to describe that is " that book is really well balanced " and gives you everything and also the range of audience is wide, coupled with the very very reasonable price, it is the book on mathematical history who are interested should own one.
read this book in college. It put perspective on the math I was learning to realize that although the math looked arbitrary it actually had origins in real world problems and then needs from which various branches of math arose.
Good quality, good price. I got this as required reading for a class and it is surprisingly readable.
Much better than Darts on History of Mathematics. It will take some time to read.
Very good book and a must have if interested in the history of mathematics.