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Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imagined History of Algebra

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Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imagined History of Algebra

by Derbyshire, John

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Atlantic Books, 2007. Hardcover. As new, clean, tight & bright condition, with bright and crisp dust jacket. 382pp.

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For curious nonmathematicians and armchair algebra buffs, John Derbyshire discovers the story behind the formulae, roots, and radicals. As he did so masterfully in Prime Obsession , Derbyshire brings the evolution of mathematical thinking to dramatic life by focusing on the key historical players. Unknown Quantity begins in the time of Abraham and Isaac and moves from Abel?s proof to the higher levels of abstraction developed by Galois through modern-day advances. Derbyshire explains how a simple turn of thought from ?this plus this equals this? to ?this plus what equals this?? gave birth to a whole new way of perceiving the world. With a historian?s narrative authority and a beloved teacher?s clarity and passion, Derbyshire leads readers on an intellectually satisfying and pleasantly challenging journey through the development of abstract mathematical thought.

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Title
Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imagined History of Algebra
Author
Derbyshire, John
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Hardcover
Book condition
New As new, clean, tight & bright condition, with bright and crisp dust jacket
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Hardcover
ISBN 10
1843545691
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9781843545699
Publisher
Atlantic Books
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London
Date published
2007
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