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Product Code:  DOL/5.E 
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Book DetailsDolciani Mathematical ExpositionsVolume: 5; 1983; 270 pp
Great Moments in Mathematics: Before 1650 is the product of a series of lectures on the history of mathematics given by Howard Eves. He presents here, in chronological order, 20 “great moments in mathematics before 1650”, which can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys mathematics. These wonderful lectures could be used as the basis of a course on the history of mathematics but can also serve as enrichment to any mathematics course. Included are lectures on the Pythagorean Theorem, Euclid's Elements, Archimedes (on the sphere), Diophantus, Omar Khayyam, and Fibonacci.

Table of Contents

Chapters

LECTURE ONE. Scratches and grunts

LECTURE TWO. The greatest Egyptian pyramid

LECTURE THREE. From the laboratory into the study

LECTURE FOUR. The first great theorem

LECTURE FIVE. Precipitation of the first crisis

LECTURE SIX. Resolution of the first crisis

LECTURE SEVEN. First steps in organizing mathematics

LECTURE EIGHT. The mathematicians’ bible

LECTURE NINE. The thinker and the thug

LECTURE TEN. A boost from astronomy

LECTURE ELEVEN. The first great number theorist

LECTURE TWELVE. The syncopation of algebra

LECTURE THIRTEEN. Two early computing inventions

LECTURE FOURTEEN. The poetmathematician of Khorasan

LECTURE FIFTEEN. The blockhead

LECTURE SIXTEEN. An extraordinary and bizarre story

LECTURE SEVENTEEN. Doubling the life of the astronomer

LECTURE EIGHTEEN. The stimulation of science

LECTURE NINETEEN. Slicing it thin

LECTURE TWENTY. The transformsolveinvert technique


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The book has the worthy aim of interesting students in mathematics by pointing out its long international history and the remarkable range of its achievements. It could succeed in conveying the thrill of discovery to many who would otherwise find the subject boring and could profitably be drawn to the attention of people at school or to undergraduates not otherwise taking mathematics.
Jeremy Gray, Mathematical Reviews


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Great Moments in Mathematics: Before 1650 is the product of a series of lectures on the history of mathematics given by Howard Eves. He presents here, in chronological order, 20 “great moments in mathematics before 1650”, which can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys mathematics. These wonderful lectures could be used as the basis of a course on the history of mathematics but can also serve as enrichment to any mathematics course. Included are lectures on the Pythagorean Theorem, Euclid's Elements, Archimedes (on the sphere), Diophantus, Omar Khayyam, and Fibonacci.

Chapters

LECTURE ONE. Scratches and grunts

LECTURE TWO. The greatest Egyptian pyramid

LECTURE THREE. From the laboratory into the study

LECTURE FOUR. The first great theorem

LECTURE FIVE. Precipitation of the first crisis

LECTURE SIX. Resolution of the first crisis

LECTURE SEVEN. First steps in organizing mathematics

LECTURE EIGHT. The mathematicians’ bible

LECTURE NINE. The thinker and the thug

LECTURE TEN. A boost from astronomy

LECTURE ELEVEN. The first great number theorist

LECTURE TWELVE. The syncopation of algebra

LECTURE THIRTEEN. Two early computing inventions

LECTURE FOURTEEN. The poetmathematician of Khorasan

LECTURE FIFTEEN. The blockhead

LECTURE SIXTEEN. An extraordinary and bizarre story

LECTURE SEVENTEEN. Doubling the life of the astronomer

LECTURE EIGHTEEN. The stimulation of science

LECTURE NINETEEN. Slicing it thin

LECTURE TWENTY. The transformsolveinvert technique

The book has the worthy aim of interesting students in mathematics by pointing out its long international history and the remarkable range of its achievements. It could succeed in conveying the thrill of discovery to many who would otherwise find the subject boring and could profitably be drawn to the attention of people at school or to undergraduates not otherwise taking mathematics.
Jeremy Gray, Mathematical Reviews