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By Victor J. Katz

In contemporary a long time it has turn into noticeable that arithmetic has consistently been a world job. yet this can be the 1st ebook to supply a considerable selection of English translations of key mathematical texts from the 5 most crucial old and medieval non-Western mathematical cultures, and to place them into complete ancient and mathematical context. The arithmetic of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam supplies English readers a firsthand figuring out and appreciation of those cultures' vital contributions to international mathematics.

The 5 part authors--Annette Imhausen (Egypt), Eleanor Robson (Mesopotamia), Joseph Dauben (China), Kim Plofker (India), and J. Lennart Berggren (Islam)--are specialists of their fields. each one writer has chosen key texts and in lots of situations supplied new translations. The authors have additionally written sizeable part introductions that supply an outline of every mathematical tradition and explanatory notes that positioned each one choice into context. This authoritative statement permits readers to appreciate the occasionally strange arithmetic of those civilizations and the aim and value of every text.

Addressing a severe hole within the arithmetic literature in English, this e-book is a necessary source for an individual with at the least an undergraduate measure in arithmetic who desires to know about non-Western mathematical advancements and the way they contributed to shaping and improve global arithmetic. The publication can also be an fundamental consultant for arithmetic academics who are looking to use non-Western mathematical principles within the classroom.

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