Compact Textbooks in Mathematics

Turning Points in the History of Mathematics

Authors: Grant, Hardy, Kleiner, Israel

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the major turning points in the history of mathematics, from Ancient Greece to the present
  • Substantial reference lists offer suggestions for resources to learn more about the topics discussed
  • Problems and projects are included in each chapter to extend and increase understanding of the material for students
  • Ideal resource for students and teachers of the history of mathematics
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About this Textbook

This book explores some of the major turning points in the history of mathematics, ranging from ancient Greece to the present, demonstrating the drama that has often been a part of its evolution.  Studying these breakthroughs, transitions, and revolutions, their stumbling-blocks and their triumphs, can help illuminate the importance of the history of mathematics for its teaching, learning, and appreciation.

Some of the turning points considered are the rise of the axiomatic method (most famously in Euclid), and the subsequent major changes in it (for example, by David Hilbert); the “wedding,” via analytic geometry, of algebra and geometry; the “taming” of the infinitely small and the infinitely large; the passages from algebra to algebras, from geometry to geometries, and from arithmetic to arithmetics; and the revolutions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that resulted from Georg Cantor’s creation of transfinite set theory. The origin of each turning point is discussed, along with the mathematicians involved and some of the mathematics that resulted.  Problems and projects are included in each chapter to extend and increase understanding of the material. Substantial reference lists are also provided.

Turning Points in the History of Mathematics will be a valuable resource for teachers of, and students in, courses in mathematics or its history. The book should also be of interest to anyone with a background in mathematics who wishes to

learn more about the important moments in its development.

About the authors

Hardy Grant was, before his retirement, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University, Toronto, Canada

Israel Kleiner is Professor Emeritus, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University, Toronto, Canada

Reviews

“Turning Points does provide a useful summary and outline of at least a portion of the subject, and also functions nicely as a way of helping to mentally organize the material. It contains a number of good quotes, and a decent selection of bibliographic references at the end of each chapter. There are also problems at the end of each chapter, generally calling for essay-type answers that should require the student to do further reading.” (Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews, maa.org, June, 2016)

“Each chapter contains some problems and projects (they extend and increase the understanding of the material) as well as references and suggestions of further readings. A comprehensive index has been supplemented. The book can serve everyone interested in the historical development of mathematics – some mathematical background is of course required. It can serve teachers and students, can be used in courses in the history of mathematics as well as in courses in particular domains of mathematics … .” (Roman Murawski, zbMATH 1342.01005, 2016)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Axiomatics—Euclid’s and Hilbert’s: From Material to Formal

    Grant, Hardy (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Solution by Radicals of the Cubic: From Equations to Groups and from Real to Complex Numbers

    Grant, Hardy (et al.)

    Pages 9-18

  • Analytic Geometry: From the Marriage of Two Fields to the Birth of a Third

    Grant, Hardy (et al.)

    Pages 19-25

  • Probability: From Games of Chance to an Abstract Theory

    Grant, Hardy (et al.)

    Pages 27-35

  • Calculus: From Tangents and Areas to Derivatives and Integrals

    Grant, Hardy (et al.)

    Pages 37-47

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-3264-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-3263-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Turning Points in the History of Mathematics
Authors
Series Title
Compact Textbooks in Mathematics
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-3264-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-3264-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-3263-4
Series ISSN
2296-4568
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 109
Number of Illustrations and Tables
38 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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