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Math Through the Ages
by Berlinghoff, William P.; Gouvea, Fernando Q.Revised
9780883857366
0883857367
Hardcover
12/1/2003
Mathematical Assn of Amer
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Summary
Where did maths come from? Who thought up all those algebra symbols, and why? What's the story behind ... negative numbers? ... the metric system? ... quadratic equations? ... sine and cosine? The 25 independent sketches in Math through the Ages answer these questions and many others in an informal, easygoing style that's accessible to teachers, students, and anyone who is curious about the history of mathematical ideas. Each sketch contains Questions and Projects to help you learn more about its topic and to see how its main ideas fit into the bigger picture of history. The 25 short stories are preceded by a 56page bird'seye overview of the entire panorama of mathematical history, a whirlwind tour of the most important people, events, and trends that shaped the mathematics we know today. Reading suggestions after each sketch provide starting points for readers who want to pursue a topic further.
Table of Contents
Preface  vii  
History in the Mathematics Classroom  1  (4)  
The History of Mathematics in a Large Nutshell  5  (60)  

6  (8)  

14  (10)  

24  (4)  

28  (4)  

32  (3)  

35  (2)  

37  (5)  

42  (5)  

47  (6)  

53  (6)  

59  (6)  
Sketches  

65  (8)  

73  (6)  

79  (6)  

85  (8)  

93  (8)  

101  (6)  

107  (6)  

113  (8)  

121  (6)  

127  (6)  

133  (6)  

139  (8)  

147  (8)  

155  (8)  

163  (6)  

169  (8)  

177  (8)  

185  (8)  

193  (8)  

201  (6)  

207  (8)  

215  (8)  

223  (8)  

231  (6)  

237  (8)  
What to Read Next  245  (8)  

245  (3)  

248  (2)  

250  (3)  
Bibliography  253  (10)  
Index  263 