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Mathematics - Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics | Numbers


Ebbinghaus, H.-D., Hermes, H., Hirzebruch, F., Koecher, M., Mainzer, K., Neukirch, J., Prestel, A., Remmert, R.

Ewing, John H. (Ed.)

Translated by Orde, H.L.S.

1991, XVIII, 398 p.

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  • About this textbook

A book about numbers sounds rather dull. This one is not. Instead it is a lively story about one thread of mathematics-the concept of "number"­ told by eight authors and organized into a historical narrative that leads the reader from ancient Egypt to the late twentieth century. It is a story that begins with some of the simplest ideas of mathematics and ends with some of the most complex. It is a story that mathematicians, both amateur and professional, ought to know. Why write about numbers? Mathematicians have always found it diffi­ cult to develop broad perspective about their subject. While we each view our specialty as having roots in the past, and sometimes having connec­ tions to other specialties in the present, we seldom see the panorama of mathematical development over thousands of years. Numbers attempts to give that broad perspective, from hieroglyphs to K-theory, from Dedekind cuts to nonstandard analysis.

Content Level » Graduate

Related subjects » Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics

Table of contents 

A. From the Natural Numbers, to the Complex Numbers, to the p-adics.- 1. Natural Numbers, Integers, and Rational Numbers.- 2. Real Numbers.- 3. Complex Numbers.- 4. The Fundamental Theorem of Algebr.- 5. What is ??.- 6. The p-Adic Numbers.- B. Real Division Algebras.- Repertory. Basic Concepts from the Theory of Algebras.- 7. Hamilton’s Quaternions.- 8. The Isomorphism Theorems of FROBENIUS, HOPF and GELFAND-MAZUR.- 9. CAYLEY Numbers or Alternative Division Algebras.- 10. Composition Algebras. HURWITZ’s Theorem-Vector-Product Algebras.- 11. Division Algebras and Topology.- C. Infinitesimals, Games, and Sets.- 12. Nonsiandard Analysis.- 13. Numbers and Games.- 14. Set Theory and Mathematics.- Name Index.- Portraits of Famous Mathematicians.

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