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Routes of learning : highways, pathways, and byways in the history of mathematics

Author: I Grattan-Guinness
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
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These essays ponder the intellectual underpinnings of the field, examine the major topics in the history of mathematics, and recount the bizarre history of pseudomath. The author explores how people understand mathematics, the routes of learning they take as they make important discoveries and study mathematical concepts and theories.--[book cover]
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grattan-Guinness, I.
Routes of learning.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)752876653
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: I Grattan-Guinness
ISBN: 9780801892486 0801892481 9780801892479 0801892473
OCLC Number: 265737844
Description: xii, 372 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Searching for reasons : my way in and onward --
The mathematics of the past : distinguishing its history from our heritage --
Decline, then recovery : an overview of activity in the history of mathematics during the twentieth century --
On certain somewhat neglected features of the history of mathematics --
General histories of mathematics? Of use? To whom? --
Too mathematical for historians, too historical for mathematicians --
History of science journals : "to be useful, and to the living"? --
Scientific revolutions as convolutions? A skeptical inquiry --
On the relevance of the history of mathematics to mathematical education --
Achilles is still running --
Numbers, magnitudes, ratios, and proportions in Euclid's Elements : how did he handle them? --
Some neglected niches in the understanding and teaching of numbers and number systems --
What was and what should be the calculus? --
Manifestations of mathematics in and around the Christianities : some examples and issues --
Christianity and mathematics : kinds of links, and the rare occurrences after 1750 --
Mozart 18, Beethoven 32 : hidden shadows of integers in classical music --
Lagrange and Mozart as critics of Descartes --
Four pretty but little-known theorems involving the triangle.
Responsibility: Ivor Grattan-Guinness.

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