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January 3rd, 2008, 01:17 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2007 From: Chicago Posts: 1,701 Thanks: 3  History of Mathematics
Does anyone know of good sources concerning the history and development of mathematics? I find myself consistently drawn to the philosophy of mathematics, and how it has changed over time. Thanks 
January 3rd, 2008, 03:46 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2007 Posts: 2,140 Thanks: 0 
Of course, you could always look up on Wikipedia, which has a lot of information.

January 3rd, 2008, 05:17 PM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2007 From: Chicago Posts: 1,701 Thanks: 3 
I could, and wikipedia does have a lot of good information on the topic, but I was wondering if anyone knew any good books, etc that are comprehensive and comprehensible. Wikipedia's information seems rahter scattered.

January 3rd, 2008, 05:52 PM  #4 
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Well, I bought few books from Amazon.com, and they have few good selections. This is one way to find some good books.

January 3rd, 2008, 07:39 PM  #5 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms 
How recent are you looking for? Dickson has excellent, if dated, histories  although it really only covers number theory, so probably not what you're looking for. Oops.

January 10th, 2008, 11:57 AM  #6 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2008 Posts: 14 Thanks: 0  Boks on history of mathematics.
If you're interested in history of analysis, from Archimedes to Lebesgue, here is a good one: God created the Integers, by S. Hawking. Actually, the book is collection of the original papers, Hawking only added biographies and some comments. Among the papers are: Cauchy, Course of Analysis. Definition of Cauchy Integral, differentiation, and differential. Dedekind: A paper on number theory, completing the rational number, definition and discussion of Dedekind cut. Weierstrass: The text where he defined the limit with epsilondelta, the way we still use it today. Lebesgue: his paper on measure theory and integration, where we defines the Lebesgue Integral. If you're interested in math logic, here is another collection of original texts, "From Frege to Godel". Another nice book: Edna Cramer, The Rise of Modern Mathematics. 
January 10th, 2008, 12:01 PM  #7 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2007 From: Chicago Posts: 1,701 Thanks: 3 
Thanks, I'll look into that.

January 10th, 2008, 06:39 PM  #8 
Senior Member Joined: Dec 2007 Posts: 687 Thanks: 47 
I did read some chapters of this book: http://www.amazon.com/HistoryMathemati ... 048&sr=11 Honestly, I didn't like it very much, and the reason could be a bad translation to my language. I did like some parts, like the chapters about the ancient greeks and the peoples before them (where the subject starts as formulas to solve real life problems, without variables, only concrete numbers). But it's not like a "novel", like a smoothly flowing textbook. The proofs are "boring" if you know what I mean. 
January 10th, 2008, 07:06 PM  #9 
Senior Member Joined: Dec 2007 Posts: 687 Thanks: 47 
A book with lots of good reviews on history of mathematics: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/039304 ... roduct_top ps: this thread should be better placed at the new section "math books and math ebooks", dont u think? 
January 23rd, 2008, 09:27 AM  #10 
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