Mathematics is one of the most basic -- and most ancient -- types of knowledge. Yet the details of its historical development remain obscure to all but a few specialists. The two-volume Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences recovers this mathematical heritage, bringing together many of the world's leading historians of mathematics to examine the history and philosophy of the mathematical sciences in a cultural context, tracing their evolution from ancient times to the twentieth century. In 176 concise articles divided into twelve parts, contributors describe and analyze the variety of problems, theories, proofs, and techniques in all areas of pure and applied mathematics, including probability and statistics. This indispensable reference work demonstrates the continuing importance of mathematics and its use in physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science, philosophy, and the social sciences. Also addressed is the history of higher education in mathematics. Carefully illustrated, with annotated bibliographies of sources for each article, The Companion Encyclopedia is a valuable research tool for students and teachers in all branches of mathematics. Contents of Volume 1: Â•Ancient and Non-Western Traditions Â•The Western Middle Ages and the Renaissance Â•Calculus and Mathematical Analysis Â•Functions, Series, and Methods in Analysis Â•Logic, Set Theories, and the Foundations of Mathematics Â•Algebras and Number Theory Contents of Volume 2: Â•Geometries and Topology Â•Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering Â•Physics, Mathematical Physics, and Electrical Engineering Â•Probability, Statistics, and the Social Sciences Â•Higher Education and Institutions Â•Mathematics and Culture Â•Select Bibliography, Chronology, Biographical Notes, and Index
Author: D. H. Fowler
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date: 1999
In this new expanded edition, Fowler provides a detailed examination of the ancient texts related to the subject and gives a thought-provoking new interpretation. Among the features of this edition are an appendix, a new epilogue, and an updated bibliography.
* Presents a broad survey of philosophical thought * Each chapter explores, and places in context, a major area of philosophical enquiry - including the theory of meaning and of truth, the theory of knowledge, the philosophies of mathematics, science and metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, moral and political philosophy, aesthetics, and religion * Annotated bibliographies for each chapter and indexes of names and subjects * Glossary of commonly-used philosophical terms * Chronological table of the history of philosophy from 1600 `It is a fine achievement and deserves the warmest praise ... Anyone interested in learning what contemporary philosophical debate is about will find this book invaluable ... for a book of this size and quality of content the cover price is modest. Every public library as well as every university, college and school library should have a copy on its shelves.' - Times Higher Education Supplement `A stimulating collection.' - Reference Reviews
Author: Susan C. Awe
Publisher: Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
These reviews identify, describe, and evaluate subject dictionaries and encyclopedias that are useful in all types of libraries. Providing complete bibliographic information as well as reviews, the guide is an excellent tool for collection development.
Author: George Gheverghese Joseph
Release Date: 2000
Most westerners are unaware of the heritage of non-Western mathematics. This book suggests that humans everywhere have been capable of advanced and innovative mathematical thinking. The Greeks were influenced by the Egyptians and Babylonians; the Arabs made a major creative contribution; and the great civilizations of India and China have a range of successes to their credit.
Author: Peter V. Coveney
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: 1996
A groundbreaking book explores the dynamic, emerging concept of complexity and its relationship to mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry, and provides an arresting account of how far science has come and what to expect in the rapidly approaching future. Reprint.