William Berlinghoff & Fernando Gouvêa
Where did math come from? Who thought up all those algebra symbols, and why? What's the story behind negative numbers?… quadratic equations?… sine and cosine? The 30 sketches in this Second Edition of Math through the Ages answer these questions and many others in a style accessible to anyone curious about the history of mathematical ideas. Each sketch ends with Questions and Projects to help you learn more and to connect its ideas with the bigger picture of history. The 30 sketches are preceded by a 58–page overview of mathematical history, a whirlwind tour of the most important people, events, and trends that shaped the mathematics we know today.
Expanded 2nd Edition
342 pp., Hardbound, 2015
Series: MAA Textbooks
Catalog Code: MEX2E