"Boyer and Merzbach distill thousands of years of mathematics into this fascinating chronicle. From the Greeks to G_del, the mathematics is brilliant; the cast of characters is distinguished; the ebb and flow of ideas is everywhere evident. . . . Without doubt, this is-and will long remain-a classic one-volume history of mathematics and mathematicians who create it."-William Dunham, author of Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics"Both readable and scholarly . . . a fine introduction to the topic."-J. David Bolter, author of Turing's Man"When we read a book like A History of Mathematics, we get the picture of a mounting structure, ever taller and broader and more beautiful and magnificent and with a foundation, moreover, that is as untainted and as functional now as it was when Thales worked out the first geometrical theorems nearly twenty-six centuries ago." -Isaac Asimov (from the Foreword)For more than forty years, A History of Mathematics has been the reference of choice for those looking to learn about the fascinating history of humankind's relationship with numbers, shapes, and patterns.
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November 11, 2010
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