Readings in Mathematics

Geometry by Its History

Authors: Ostermann, Alexander, Wanner, Gerhard

  • Valuable tool for teaching geometry with a strong emphasis of the historical development of the subject
  • Includes numerous examples, applications, exercises and figures
  • Stimulating and enjoyable reading for students in mathematics, physics, computer science and teachers alike
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About this Textbook

In this textbook the authors present first-year geometry roughly in the order in which it was discovered. The first five chapters show how the ancient Greeks established geometry, together with its numerous practical applications, while more recent findings on Euclidian geometry are discussed as well. The following three chapters explain the revolution in  geometry due to the progress made in the field of algebra by Descartes, Euler and Gauss. Spatial geometry, vector algebra and matrices are treated in chapters 9 and 10. The last chapter offers an introduction to projective geometry, which emerged in the 19thcentury.

Complemented by numerous examples, exercises, figures and pictures, the book offers both motivation and insightful explanations, and provides stimulating and enjoyable reading for students and teachers alike.

About the authors

Alexander Ostermann has published numerous research articles as well as several books with Springer. He is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Gerhard Wanner is the former President of Section VII of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences, former Head of Department of Mathematics at the University of Geneva, and former President of the Swiss Mathematical Society. He is the author of several books with Springer, including Analysis by its History, written together with Ernst Hairer.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

Choice - Outstanding Academic Title in 2012

“This is an excellent, challenging textbook as well as a valuable resource for historical information, problems, and student projects. The historical content is broad based, comprehensive, and reliable. Each chapter has extensive exercises, many taken directly from or based on historical sources … . Hints and solutions for all problems are given in an appendix. Thorough bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.” (C. A. Gorini, Choice, Vol. 50 (3), November, 2012)

“The book under review is a treasure chest of interesting theorems and problems in geometry together with their illuminating histories. … This is the kind of book that one would enjoy browsing through and reading while sitting relaxedly in an armchair without any paper or pencil and starting at almost any page or paragraph. It should be on the shelf of every lover of geometry.” (Mowaffaq Hajja, zbMATH, Vol. 1288, 2014)

“This book belongs on the bookshelf of every geometer. … The authors have penned their book with students of geometry as well as science in mind. In fact, the book would serve well as a second year mathematics course in a classical liberal arts setting. … the book treats many interesting and beautiful problems, introducing powerful concepts along the way, and yet is written at a level suitable for an introductory course of geometry or even advanced mathematics.” (Alan S. McRae, Mathematical Reviews, February, 2013)

“There is a lot of interesting material in this book, supplemented by a lot of very nice artwork and many interesting exercises … . I would think that any other college instructor … with an interest in geometry would also want a copy on his or her shelf.” (Mark Hunacek, The Mathematical Association of America, June, 2012)


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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Thales and Pythagoras

    Ostermann, Alexander (et al.)

    Pages 3-26

  • The Elements of Euclid

    Ostermann, Alexander (et al.)

    Pages 27-59

  • Conic Sections

    Ostermann, Alexander (et al.)

    Pages 61-78

  • Further Results in Euclidean Geometry

    Ostermann, Alexander (et al.)

    Pages 79-112

  • Trigonometry

    Ostermann, Alexander (et al.)

    Pages 113-155

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
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Hardcover $79.95
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-29162-3
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.95
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geometry by Its History
Authors
Series Title
Readings in Mathematics
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-29163-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-29163-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-29162-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44469-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 440
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