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eBook ISBN:  9781470438753 
Product Code:  HMATH/7.E 
List Price:  $120.00 
MAA Member Price:  $108.00 
AMS Member Price:  $96.00 

Book DetailsHistory of MathematicsVolume: 7; 1994; 197 ppMSC: Primary 00; 01
“[These lectures] are about themes of the history of mathematics which, for various reasons, are dear to me. The early differential and integral calculus, the work of Christiaan Huygens, and the concept of construction in seventeenth and eighteenthcentury mathematics are the three themes around which much of my research has concentrated and which continue to fascinate me by the insights they offer in the development of that special human activity called mathematics.”
—from the Introduction
This volume contains eleven lectures ranging over a variety of topics in the history of mathematics. The lectures, presented between 1970 and 1987, were delivered in a variety of venues and appeared only in less accessible publications. Those who teach mathematics, as well as mathematics historians, will appreciate this insightful, wideranging book.
ReadershipMathematics professors and mathematical historians.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Chapter 1. Recognition and wonder  Huygens, tractional motion, and some thoughts on the history of mathematics

Chapter 2. The concept of construction and the representation of curves in seventeenthcentury mathematics

Chapter 3. The structures of Descartes’ ‘geometrie’

Chapter 4. Christiaan Huygens

Chapter 5. The fundamental concepts of the Leibnizian calculus

Chapter 6. The lemniscate of Bernoulli

Chapter 7. Calculus in the eighteenth century  the role of applications

Chapter 8. The closure theorem of Poncelet

Chapter 9. Elements of mathematics  they are no longer what they used to be

Chapter 10. “Queen and servant”  the role of mathematics in the development of the sciences

Chapter 11. Mathematics and its social context: a dialogue in the staff room, with historical episodes


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“[These lectures] are about themes of the history of mathematics which, for various reasons, are dear to me. The early differential and integral calculus, the work of Christiaan Huygens, and the concept of construction in seventeenth and eighteenthcentury mathematics are the three themes around which much of my research has concentrated and which continue to fascinate me by the insights they offer in the development of that special human activity called mathematics.”
—from the Introduction
This volume contains eleven lectures ranging over a variety of topics in the history of mathematics. The lectures, presented between 1970 and 1987, were delivered in a variety of venues and appeared only in less accessible publications. Those who teach mathematics, as well as mathematics historians, will appreciate this insightful, wideranging book.
Mathematics professors and mathematical historians.

Chapters

Chapter 1. Recognition and wonder  Huygens, tractional motion, and some thoughts on the history of mathematics

Chapter 2. The concept of construction and the representation of curves in seventeenthcentury mathematics

Chapter 3. The structures of Descartes’ ‘geometrie’

Chapter 4. Christiaan Huygens

Chapter 5. The fundamental concepts of the Leibnizian calculus

Chapter 6. The lemniscate of Bernoulli

Chapter 7. Calculus in the eighteenth century  the role of applications

Chapter 8. The closure theorem of Poncelet

Chapter 9. Elements of mathematics  they are no longer what they used to be

Chapter 10. “Queen and servant”  the role of mathematics in the development of the sciences

Chapter 11. Mathematics and its social context: a dialogue in the staff room, with historical episodes