Translated by Anna Pierrehumbert
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Translated by Anna Pierrehumbert
Softcover ISBN:  9780821844731 
Product Code:  MAWRLD/27 
List Price:  $65.00 
MAA Member Price:  $58.50 
AMS Member Price:  $52.00 
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Product Code:  MAWRLD/27.E 
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Softcover ISBN:  9780821844731 
eBook ISBN:  9781470418113 
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Book DetailsMathematical WorldVolume: 27; 2009; 174 ppMSC: Primary 01; 17; 20; 30; 35; 40
... a basic introduction to the types of problems that illustrate the earliest forms of algebra. It would be particularly useful for an instructor who is looking for examples to help enliven a course on elementary algebra with problems drawn from actual historical texts.
—Warren Van Egmond about the French edition for MathSciNet
This book does not aim to give an exhaustive survey of the history of algebra up to early modern times but merely to present some significant steps in solving equations and, wherever applicable, to link these developments to the extension of the number system. Various examples of problems, with their typical solution methods, are analyzed, and sometimes translated completely. Indeed, it is another aim of this book to ease the reader's access to modern editions of old mathematical texts, or even to the original texts; to this end, some of the problems discussed in the text have been reproduced in the appendices in their original language (Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Provençal, and Italian) with explicative notes.
ReadershipUndergraduate students, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in the history of mathematics.

Table of Contents

Chapters

1. Algebra in Mesopotamia

2. Algebra in ancient Greece

3. Algebra in the Islamic world

4. Algebra in medieval Europe

5. Algebra in the Renaissance

Appendix A. Mesopotamian texts in translation

Appendix B. Greek and Latin texts

Appendix C. Arabic texts

Appendix D. Hebrew text

Appendix E. French, German, Italian, and Provençal texts


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... a basic introduction to the types of problems that illustrate the earliest forms of algebra. It would be particularly useful for an instructor who is looking for examples to help enliven a course on elementary algebra with problems drawn from actual historical texts.
—Warren Van Egmond about the French edition for MathSciNet
This book does not aim to give an exhaustive survey of the history of algebra up to early modern times but merely to present some significant steps in solving equations and, wherever applicable, to link these developments to the extension of the number system. Various examples of problems, with their typical solution methods, are analyzed, and sometimes translated completely. Indeed, it is another aim of this book to ease the reader's access to modern editions of old mathematical texts, or even to the original texts; to this end, some of the problems discussed in the text have been reproduced in the appendices in their original language (Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Provençal, and Italian) with explicative notes.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in the history of mathematics.

Chapters

1. Algebra in Mesopotamia

2. Algebra in ancient Greece

3. Algebra in the Islamic world

4. Algebra in medieval Europe

5. Algebra in the Renaissance

Appendix A. Mesopotamian texts in translation

Appendix B. Greek and Latin texts

Appendix C. Arabic texts

Appendix D. Hebrew text

Appendix E. French, German, Italian, and Provençal texts

Highly Recommended.
CHOICE Magazine