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Lectures in the history of mathematics
 
A co-publication of the AMS and London Mathematical Society
Lectures in the history of mathematics
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-3875-3
Product Code:  HMATH/7.E
List Price: $120.00
MAA Member Price: $108.00
AMS Member Price: $96.00
Lectures in the history of mathematics
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Lectures in the history of mathematics
A co-publication of the AMS and London Mathematical Society
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-3875-3
Product Code:  HMATH/7.E
List Price: $120.00
MAA Member Price: $108.00
AMS Member Price: $96.00
  • Book Details
     
     
    History of Mathematics
    Volume: 71994; 197 pp
    MSC: 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 eighteenth-century 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, wide-ranging book.

    Readership

    Mathematics 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 seventeenth-century 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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Volume: 71994; 197 pp
MSC: 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 eighteenth-century 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, wide-ranging book.

Readership

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 seventeenth-century 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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