Description 
1 online resource (xxi, 660 pages) : illustrations 
Series 
Undergraduate texts in mathematics, 01726056 

Undergraduate texts in mathematics.

Contents 
Preface to the Third Edition  Preface to the Second Edition  Preface to the First Edition  The Theorem of Pythagoras  Greek Geometry  Greek Number Theory  Infinity in Greek Mathematics  Number Theory in Asia  Polynomial Equations  Analytic Geometry  Projective Geometry  Calculus  Infinite Series  The Number Theory Revival  Elliptic Functions  Mechanics  Complex Numbers in Algebra  Complex Numbers and Curves  Complex Numbers and Functions  Differential Geometry  NonEuclidean Geometry  Group Theory  Hypercomplex Numbers  Algebraic Number Theory  Topology  Simple Groups  Sets, Logic, and Computation  Combinatorics  Bibliography  Index. 
Summary 
From the reviews of the second edition:"This book covers many interesting topics not usually covered in a present day undergraduate course, as well as certain basic topics such as the development of the calculus and the solution of polynomial equations. The fact that the topics are introduced in their historical contexts will enable students to better appreciate and understand the mathematical ideas involved ... If one constructs a list of topics central to a history course, then they would closely resemble those chosen here."(David Parrott, Australian Mathematical Society)"The book ... is presented in a lively style without unnecessary detail. It is very stimulating and will be appreciated not only by students. Much attention is paid to problems and to the development of mathematics before the end of the nineteenth century ... This book brings to the nonspecialist interested in mathematics many interesting results. It can be recommended for seminars and will be enjoyed by the broad mathematical community." (European Mathematical Society)"Since Stillwell treats many topics, most mathematicians will learn a lot from this book as well as they will find pleasant and rather clear expositions of custom materials. The book is accessible to students that have already experienced calculus, algebra and geometry and will give them a good account of how the different branches of mathematics interact."(Denis Bonheure, Bulletin of the Belgian Society)This third edition includes new chapters on simple groups and combinatorics, and new sections on several topics, including the Poincare conjecture. The book has also been enriched by added exercises 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 589628) and index 
Notes 
Print version record 
Subject 
Mathematics  History.

Genre/Form 
History.

Form 
Electronic book

LC no. 
2010931243 
ISBN 
1441960538 (eisbn) 

9781441960535 (eisbn) 
