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A background of arithmetic: From Mesopotamia to Modernity covers the evolution of arithmetic via time and around the significant jap and Western civilizations. It starts in Babylon, then describes the pains and tribulations of the Greek mathematicians. the $64000, and sometimes overlooked, effect of either chinese language and Islamic arithmetic is roofed intimately, putting the outline of early Western arithmetic in a world context. The ebook concludes with sleek arithmetic, protecting fresh advancements akin to the arrival of the pc, chaos thought, topology, mathematical physics, and the answer of Fermat's final Theorem.

Containing greater than a hundred illustrations and figures, this article, aimed toward complex undergraduates and postgraduates, addresses the tools and demanding situations linked to learning the historical past of arithmetic. The reader is brought to the major figures within the background of arithmetic (including Archimedes, Ptolemy, Qin Jiushao, al-Kashi, al-Khwarizmi, Galileo, Newton, Leibniz, Helmholtz, Hilbert, Alan Turing, and Andrew Wiles) and their fields. an intensive bibliography with cross-references to key texts will offer beneficial source to scholars and workouts (with recommendations) will stretch the extra complicated reader.

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