[ Free eBook ] Mathematics and Its History (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics) Author John Stillwell – Andy-palmer.co.uk
From A Review Of The Second Edition This Book Covers Many Interesting Topics Not Usually Covered In A Present Day Undergraduate Course, As Well As Certain Basic Topics Such As The Development Of The Calculus And The Solution Of Polynomial Equations The Fact That The Topics Are Introduced In Their Historical Contexts Will Enable Students To Better Appreciate And Understand The Mathematical Ideas InvolvedIf One Constructs A List Of Topics Central To A History Course, Then They Would Closely Resemble Those Chosen Here David Parrott, Australian Mathematical Society This Book Offers A Collection Of Historical Essays Detailing A Large Variety Of Mathematical Disciplines And Issues It S Accessible To A Broad Audience This Third Edition Includes New Chapters On Simple Groups And New Sections On Alternating Groups And The Poincare Conjecture Many Exercises Have Been Added As Well As Commentary That Helps Place The Exercises In Context Exactly what I needed to help review some old concepts as well as piece together a beautiful subject.Well done A very readable and comprehensive history of mathematics with actual mathematics included in the text and in the problems as opposed to merely talking about mathematics with names and dates Of course there are enough of the names and dates included to make it a real history too. Excellent guide thru History of Mathematics with a good depth on the subjects This book will be my companion for a long time since Prof Stillwell motivates us not only to learn the historical events but also to explore and understand the work of the brightest minds in the field. Background research. Stillwell s Math and its History is the one book I would pack in my suitcase for spending a few years alone on an island This text is also the book I wish I d received in high school or at least read as an undergrad Why Because Math and its History fullfills Stillwell s promise in his preface that he would integrate the disparate areas of mathematics and show how they play together He also vividly demonstrates the constant baton passing in the relay race of inventing math, one mathematician influencing another to go farther, often with surprising results I also love his synoptic approach to ancient math so he can focus his pages and my time giving me a roadmap to follow in my studies.