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January 3rd, 2008, 01:17 PM   #1
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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.

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January 3rd, 2008, 03:46 PM   #2
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Of course, you could always look up on Wikipedia, which has a lot of information.
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January 3rd, 2008, 05:17 PM   #3
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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.
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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.
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January 3rd, 2008, 07:39 PM   #5
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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.
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January 10th, 2008, 11:57 AM   #6
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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 epsilon-delta, 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.
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Thanks, I'll look into that.
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January 10th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #8
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I did read some chapters of this book:

http://www.amazon.com/History-Mathemati ... 048&sr=1-1

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.
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January 10th, 2008, 07:06 PM   #9
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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 e-books", dont u think?
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January 23rd, 2008, 09:27 AM   #10
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great website

Hey,
Look at this site http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/ ... opics.html
very usefull website
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