Readings in Mathematics

Numbers

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

Editors: Ewing, John H. (Ed.)

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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.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Numbers
Authors
Editors
  • John H. Ewing
Translated by
Orde, H.L.S.
Series Title
Readings in Mathematics
Series Volume
123
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-1005-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-1005-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-97497-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 398
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