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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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1843545691
ISBN 13
9781843545699
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London: Atlantic Books, 2007. (UK) First printing. No markings, Fine in unclipped Fine dust jacket. Boards, viii, 374pp, index. B&W illus. This is a history of algebra as told through the historical personalities who played a role in its genesis: Diophantus, Evariste Galois, Hypatia, Cardano and others. (1.9 JM FO 27/2. 1st. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

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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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Bookseller Inventory #
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Title
Unknown quantity : a real and imagined history of Algebra
Author
Derbyshire, John
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
1843545691
ISBN 13
9781843545699
Publisher
Atlantic Books
Place of Publication
London
Date published
2007
Keywords
Mathematics Algebra History Mathematicians
Bookseller catalogs
Math, Science,Technology,Physics, Engineering;
Size
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾"

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