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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 rigors and tribulations of the Greek mathematicians. the real, and sometimes ignored, effect of either chinese language and Islamic arithmetic is roofed intimately, putting the outline of early Western arithmetic in an international context. The booklet concludes with glossy arithmetic, protecting contemporary advancements resembling the arrival of the pc, chaos idea, 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 equipment and demanding situations linked to learning the heritage of arithmetic. The reader is brought to the best figures within the historical past 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 routines (with options) will stretch the extra complex reader.

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