Mathematics and Its History, 3rd Edition

This book offers a collection of historical essays detailing a large variety of mathematical disciplines and issues; it’s accessible to a broad audience. This third edition includes new chapters on simple groups and new sections on alternating groups and the Poincare conjecture. Many more exercises have been added as well as commentary that helps place the exercises in context.

From the Back Cover
From the reviews of the second edition:

“This book covers many interesting topics not usually covered in a present day undergraduate course, as well as certain basic topics such as the development of the calculus and the solution of polynomial equations. The fact that the topics are introduced in their historical contexts will enable students to better appreciate and understand the mathematical ideas involved…If one constructs a list of topics central to a history course, then they would closely resemble those chosen here.”
–David Parrott, Australian Mathematical Society

“The book…is presented in a lively style without unnecessary detail. It is very stimulating and will be appreciated not only by students. Much attention is paid to problems and to the development of mathematics before the end of the nineteenth century… This book brings to the non-specialist interested in mathematics many interesting results. It can be recommended for seminars and will be enjoyed by the broad mathematical community.”
–European Mathematical Society

“Since Stillwell treats many topics, most mathematicians will learn a lot from this book as well as they will find pleasant and rather clear expositions of custom materials. The book is accessible to students that have already experienced calculus, algebra and geometry and will give them a good account of how the different branches of mathematics interact.”
–Denis Bonheure, Bulletin of the Belgian Society

This third edition includes new chapters on simple groups and combinatorics, and new sections on several topics, including the Poincare conjecture. The book has also been enriched by added exercises.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 3rd Edition (August 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781441960528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441960528
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