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Math through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others Expanded Second Edition
 
Math through the Ages
MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-6456-1
Product Code:  TEXT/32.S
List Price: $75.00
MAA Member Price: $56.25
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eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-5826-3
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List Price: $69.00
MAA Member Price: $51.75
AMS Member Price: $51.75
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-6456-1
eBook: ISBN:  978-1-4704-5826-3
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Math through the Ages
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Math through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others Expanded Second Edition
MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-6456-1
Product Code:  TEXT/32.S
List Price: $75.00
MAA Member Price: $56.25
AMS Member Price: $56.25
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-5826-3
Product Code:  TEXT/32.E
List Price: $69.00
MAA Member Price: $51.75
AMS Member Price: $51.75
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-6456-1
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-5826-3
Product Code:  TEXT/32.S.B
List Price: $144.00 $109.50
MAA Member Price: $108.00 $82.13
AMS Member Price: $108.00 $82.13
  • Book Details
     
     
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    Volume: 322015; 331 pp
    MSC: Primary 01; Secondary 97
    Recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's Beckenbach Book Prize in 2007!

    Where did math come from? Who thought up all those algebra symbols, and why? What is the story behind \(\pi\)? ... negative numbers? ... the metric system? ... quadratic equations? ... sine and cosine? ... logs? The 30 independent historical sketches in Math through the Ages answer these questions and many others in an informal, easygoing style that is accessible to teachers, students, and anyone who is curious about the history of mathematical ideas. Each sketch includes Questions and Projects to help you learn more about its topic and to see how the main ideas fit into the bigger picture of history.

    The 30 short stories are preceded by a 58-page bird's-eye 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. “What to Read Next” and reading suggestions after each sketch provide starting points for readers who want to learn more.

    This book is ideal for a broad spectrum of audiences, including students in history of mathematics courses at the late high school or early college level, pre-service and in-service teachers, and anyone who just wants to know a little more about the origins of mathematics.

    Ancillaries:

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • History in the Mathematics Classroom
    • The History of Mathematics in a Large Nutshell
    • Sketches
  • Additional Material
     
     
  • Reviews
     
     
    • This is a beautiful and important book, a pleasure to read, in which the history recounted fully illuminates the mathematical ideas, and the ideas themselves are superbly explained: a wonderful accomplishment.

      Barry Mazur, Harvard University
    • “Math through the Ages” is a treasure, one of the best history of math books at its level ever written. Somehow, it manages to stay true to a surprisingly sophisticated story, while respecting the needs of its audience. Its overview of the subject captures most of what one needs to know, and the 30 sketches are small gems of exposition that stimulate further exploration.

      Glen van Brummelen, Quest University, President (2012–14) of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics
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Volume: 322015; 331 pp
MSC: Primary 01; Secondary 97
Recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's Beckenbach Book Prize in 2007!

Where did math come from? Who thought up all those algebra symbols, and why? What is the story behind \(\pi\)? ... negative numbers? ... the metric system? ... quadratic equations? ... sine and cosine? ... logs? The 30 independent historical sketches in Math through the Ages answer these questions and many others in an informal, easygoing style that is accessible to teachers, students, and anyone who is curious about the history of mathematical ideas. Each sketch includes Questions and Projects to help you learn more about its topic and to see how the main ideas fit into the bigger picture of history.

The 30 short stories are preceded by a 58-page bird's-eye 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. “What to Read Next” and reading suggestions after each sketch provide starting points for readers who want to learn more.

This book is ideal for a broad spectrum of audiences, including students in history of mathematics courses at the late high school or early college level, pre-service and in-service teachers, and anyone who just wants to know a little more about the origins of mathematics.

Ancillaries:

  • Chapters
  • History in the Mathematics Classroom
  • The History of Mathematics in a Large Nutshell
  • Sketches
  • This is a beautiful and important book, a pleasure to read, in which the history recounted fully illuminates the mathematical ideas, and the ideas themselves are superbly explained: a wonderful accomplishment.

    Barry Mazur, Harvard University
  • “Math through the Ages” is a treasure, one of the best history of math books at its level ever written. Somehow, it manages to stay true to a surprisingly sophisticated story, while respecting the needs of its audience. Its overview of the subject captures most of what one needs to know, and the 30 sketches are small gems of exposition that stimulate further exploration.

    Glen van Brummelen, Quest University, President (2012–14) of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics
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