Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences

Edited by Ivor Grattan-Guinness

© 2013 – Routledge

1,840 pages

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About the Book

* Examines the history and philosophy of the mathematical sciences in a cultural context, tracing their evolution from ancient times up to the twentieth century

* 176 articles contributed by authors of 18 nationalities

* Chronological table of main events in the development of mathematics

* Fully integrated index of people, events and topics

* Annotated bibliographies of both classic and contemporary sources

* Unique coverage of Ancient and non-Western traditions of mathematics


'This is the first book of its kind to cover the history of mathematics on such a scale and in such depth. It is a truly excellent publication, providing comprehensive coverage in a systematic way of the development of one of the most fundamental areas of knowledge.' - Reference Reviews

'This is a very fine, well-written and authoritative overview of the history of mathematics. It can be thoroughly recommended as a standard work in its field.' - The Year in Reference

'ivor GrattanULguinness has recruited a remarkable collection of historians, mathematicians and scientists to write this encyclopedia … gives more complete coverage of the history of mathematics up to the beginning of the twentieth century than any other single reference work … many excellently written articles. The encyclopedia's richness extends beyond individual details to its cumulative effect.' - Mathematical Intelligencer

Table of Contents

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1. Ancient and non-Western traditions

2. The Western Middle Ages and the Renaissance

3. Calculus and mathematical analysis

4. Functions, series and methods in analysis

5. Logic, set theories, and the foundations of mathematics

6. Algebras and number theory

7. Geometries and topology

8. Mechanics and mechanical engineering

9. Physics and mathematical physics, and electrical engineering

10. Probability and statistics, and the social sciences

11. Higher education and institutions

12. Mathematics and culture

About the Editor

Ivor Grattan-Guinness is at Middlesex Polytechnic.

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Routledge Companion Encyclopedias

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