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By Victor J. Katz

In fresh a long time it has turn into seen that arithmetic has consistently been a world task. yet this is often the 1st e-book to supply a considerable number of English translations of key mathematical texts from the 5 most vital old and medieval non-Western mathematical cultures, and to place them into complete historic and mathematical context. The arithmetic of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam supplies English readers a firsthand figuring out and appreciation of those cultures' very important contributions to global 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. every one writer has chosen key texts and in lots of circumstances supplied new translations. The authors have additionally written huge part introductions that provide an summary of every mathematical tradition and explanatory notes that placed each one choice into context. This authoritative observation permits readers to appreciate the occasionally unusual arithmetic of those civilizations and the aim and importance of every text.

Addressing a serious hole within the arithmetic literature in English, this e-book is a vital source for somebody with at the very least an undergraduate measure in arithmetic who desires to know about non-Western mathematical advancements and the way they assisted in shaping and increase international arithmetic. The booklet is usually an fundamental consultant for arithmetic lecturers who are looking to use non-Western mathematical principles within the classroom.

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