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Unknown quantity : a real and imaginary history of algebra

Author: John Derbyshire
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, ©2006.
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Chronicles algebra's history from the days of Abraham to the work of nineteenth-century mathematicians Niels Henrik Abel and Évariste Galois and through the twentieth century, examining the math and showing that the development of algebra was the development of a new way of thinking.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Derbyshire
ISBN: 030909657X 9780309096577
OCLC Number: 62742568
Description: viii, 374 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Math Primer: Numbers and Polynomials --
The Unknown Quantity --
Four Thousand Years Ago --
The Father of Algebra --
Completion and Reduction --
Math Primer: Cubic and Quartic Equations --
Commerce and Competition --
Relief for the Imagination --
Universal Arithmetic --
The Lions Claw --
Math Primer: Roots of Unity --
The Assault on the Quintic --
Math Primer: Vector Spaces and Algebras --
The Leap into the Fourth Dimension --
An Oblong Arrangement of Terms --
Victoria's Brumous Isles --
Levels of Abstraction Math Primer: Field Theory --
Pistols at Dawn --
Lady of the Rings --
Math Primer: Algebraic Geometry --
Geometry Makes a Comeback --
Algebraic This, Algebraic That --
From Universal Arithmetic to Universal Algebra.
Responsibility: John Derbyshire.
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Written for those among us who are unencumbered by a fear of formulae, this book presents a history of algebra.  Read more...

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