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Unknown quantity : a real and imagined history of Algebra by  John Derbyshire - Hardcover - 2007 - from ThriftBooks (SKU: G1843545691I5N00)

Unknown quantity : a real and imagined history of Algebra

Unknown quantity : a real and imagined history of Algebra by  John Derbyshire - Hardcover - 2007 - from ThriftBooks (SKU: G1843545691I5N00)

Unknown quantity : a real and imagined history of Algebra

by Derbyshire, John

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Atlantic Books, 2007. Hardcover. Acceptable. Disclaimer:A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.

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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
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Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
1843545691
ISBN 13
9781843545699
Publisher
Atlantic Books
Place of Publication
London
Date published
2007

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