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Unknown quantity : a real and imagined history of algebra

Author: John Derbyshire
Publisher: London : Atlantic, 2007.
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The author gives expert form to the beauty and mystery of the most abstract of mathematical disciplines - algebra. He brings to life the cast of characters each of whom, through the centuries and across the world, played a role in its history.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Derbyshire
ISBN: 9781843545699 1843545691
OCLC Number: 77541176
Description: pages cm
Contents: pt. 1. The unknown quantity --
1. Four thousand years ago --
2. The father of algebra --
3. Completion and reduction --
4. Commerce and competition --
5. Relief for the imagination --
pt. 2. Universal arithmetic --
6. The lion's claw --
7. The assault on the quintic --
8. The leap into the fourth dimension --
9. An oblong arrangement of terms --
10. Victoria's Brumous Isles --
pt. 3. Levels of abstraction --
11. Pistols at dawn --
12. Lady of the rings --
13. Geometry makes a comeback --
14. Algebraic this, algebraic that --
15. From universal arithmetic to universal algebra.
Responsibility: John Derbyshire.

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