History of Mathematics
Volume: 16; 1999; 275 pp; Softcover
MSC: Primary 11;
Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-2017-9
Product Code: HMATH/16
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P. G. L. Dirichlet; R. Dedekind
A co-publication of the AMS and the London Mathematical Society
This volume is a translation of Dirichlet's
The book is suitable as a textbook, yet it also offers a fascinating historical perspective that links Gauss with modern number theory. The legendary story is told how Dirichlet kept a copy of Gauss's
Also shown is how Gauss built on a long tradition in number theory—going back to Diophantus—and how it set the agenda for Dirichlet's work. This important book combines historical perspective with transcendent mathematical insight. The material is still fresh and presented in a very readable fashion.
This volume is one of an informal sequence of works within the History of Mathematics series. Volumes in this subset, “Sources”, are classical mathematical works that served as cornerstones for modern mathematical thought. (For another historical translation by Professor Stillwell, see
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Lectures on Number Theory
Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in number theory; mathematical historians.
A new edition of Dirichlet's Lectures on Number Theory would be big news any day, but it's particularly gratifying to see the book appear as “the first of an informal sequence” which is to include “classical mathematical works that served as cornerstones for modern mathematical thought.” So all power to the American Mathematical Society and the London Mathematical Society in their joint-venture History of Mathematics series: may the “Sources” subseries live long and prosper. [T]his is quite accessible, and could almost be used as a textbook still today. For those who like to heed Abel's admonition to “read the masters, not their students,” here's a great opportunity to learn more about Number Theory.
-- MAA Online
This is a nice English edition of Dirichlet's famous
-- European Mathematical Society Newsletter