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Springer Study Edition

The Historical Development of the Calculus

Authors: Edwards, C.H.Jr.

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The calculus has served for three centuries as the principal quantitative language of Western science. In the course of its genesis and evolution some of the most fundamental problems of mathematics were first con­ fronted and, through the persistent labors of successive generations, finally resolved. Therefore, the historical development of the calculus holds a special interest for anyone who appreciates the value of a historical perspective in teaching, learning, and enjoying mathematics and its ap­ plications. My goal in writing this book was to present an account of this development that is accessible, not solely to students of the history of mathematics, but to the wider mathematical community for which my exposition is more specifically intended, including those who study, teach, and use calculus. The scope of this account can be delineated partly by comparison with previous works in the same general area. M. E. Baron's The Origins of the Infinitesimal Calculus (1969) provides an informative and reliable treat­ ment of the precalculus period up to, but not including (in any detail), the time of Newton and Leibniz, just when the interest and pace of the story begin to quicken and intensify. C. B. Boyer's well-known book (1949, 1959 reprint) met well the goals its author set for it, but it was more ap­ propriately titled in its original edition-The Concepts of the Calculus­ than in its reprinting.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Area, Number, and Limit Concepts in Antiquity

    Edwards, C. H., Jr.

    Pages 1-28

  • Archimedes

    Edwards, C. H., Jr.

    Pages 29-76

  • Twilight, Darkness, and Dawn

    Edwards, C. H., Jr.

    Pages 77-97

  • Early Indivisibles and Infinitesimal Techniques

    Edwards, C. H., Jr.

    Pages 98-121

  • Early Tangent Constructions

    Edwards, C. H., Jr.

    Pages 122-141

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eBook $59.99
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Softcover $74.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Historical Development of the Calculus
Authors
Series Title
Springer Study Edition
Copyright
1979
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-6230-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-6230-5
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-94313-8
Series ISSN
0172-6234
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 368
Additional Information
Originally published as a monograph
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