An introduction to the history of math

According to legend, Pythagoras traveled to Egypt to learn mathematics, geometry, and astronomy from Egyptian priests. As a result, he has been hailed as the first true mathematician and the first known individual to whom a mathematical discovery has been attributed.

Archimedes c. A class in arithmetic will be pleased to hear about the Babylonians and Hindus and their invention of the "Arabic notation"; they will marvel at the thousands of years which elapsed before people had even thought of introducing into the numeral notation that Columbus-egg -- the zero; they will find it astounding that it should have taken so long to invent a notation which they themselves can now learn in a month.

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You can feel comfortable in the knowledge that hundreds of your colleagues have taught successful courses using the book. He is pleased to notice that though, in course of its development, mathematics has had periods of slow growth, yet in the main it has been pre-eminently a progressive science. For the novice teacher, this works very well; with more experience one might like to see the mathematics as it was actually done at the time. The history of mathematics may be instructive as well as agreeable; it may not only remind us of what we have, but may also teach us how to increase our store. A class in arithmetic will be pleased to hear about the Babylonians and Hindus and their invention of the "Arabic notation"; they will marvel at the thousands of years which elapsed before people had even thought of introducing into the numeral notation that Columbus-egg -- the zero; they will find it astounding that it should have taken so long to invent a notation which they themselves can now learn in a month. From the Hellenistic period , Greek replaced Egyptian as the written language of Egyptian scholars. Though he made no specific technical mathematical discoveries, Aristotle —c. Egyptian mathematics refers to mathematics written in the Egyptian language. The book itself is a wonderful read. One problem is considered to be of particular importance because it gives a method for finding the volume of a frustum truncated pyramid. The most extensive Egyptian mathematical text is the Rhind papyrus sometimes also called the Ahmes Papyrus after its author , dated to c. Although the extent of the influence is disputed, they were probably inspired by Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics. Oh, but what anecdotes! Not enough new teachers of the subject ask this question, and fewer still know that most authors will tell you what they are presenting. The first woman mathematician recorded by history was Hypatia of Alexandria AD —

If you do not teach history of mathematics, but want to enliven your class with ready-made historical projects, look no further. The interest which pupils take in their studies may be greatly increased if the solution of problems and the cold logic of geometrical demonstrations are interspersed with historical remarks and anecdotes.

Though he made no specific technical mathematical discoveries, Aristotle —c. One problem is considered to be of particular importance because it gives a method for finding the volume of a frustum truncated pyramid.

Some years ago, F Lindemann demonstrated that this ratio is also transcendental and that the quadrature of the circle, by means of the ruler and compasses only, is impossible.

an introduction to the history of mathematics 6th edition pdf

In his historical talk it is possible for the teacher to make it plain to the student that mathematics is not a dead science, but a living one in which steady progress is made. The book also contains illustrations, maps, pictures of mathematicians, and pages of famous works.

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An Introduction to the History of Mathematics by Howard Eves