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The crest of the peacock : the non-european roots of mathematics

Author: George Gheverghese Joseph
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New edView all editions and formats
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From the Ishango Bone of central Africa and the Inca quipu of South America to the dawn of modern mathematics, The Crest of the Peacock makes it clear that human beings everywhere have been capable of advanced and innovative mathematical thinking. George Gheverghese Joseph takes us on a breathtaking multicultural tour of the roots and shoots of non-European mathematics. He shows us the deep influence the Egyptians  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Gheverghese Joseph
ISBN: 0691006598 9780691006598
OCLC Number: 45031736
Description: xviii, 455 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: 1. The History of Mathematics: Alternative Perspectives --
2. Mathematics from Bones, Strings and Standing Stones --
3. The Beginnings of Written Mathematics: Egypt --
4. The Beginnings of Written Mathematics: Babylonia --
5. Egyptian and Babylonian Mathematics: An Assessment --
6. Ancient Chinese Mathematics --
7. Special Topics in Chinese Mathematics --
8. Ancient Indian Mathematics --
9. Indian Mathematics: The Classical Period and After --
10. Prelude to Modern Mathematics: The Arab Contribution.
Responsibility: George Gheverghese Joseph.
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From the Ishango Bone of central Africa and the Inca quipu of South America to the dawn of modern mathematics, The Crest of the Peacock makes it clear that human beings everywhere have been capable of advanced and innovative mathematical thinking. George Gheverghese Joseph takes us on a breathtaking multicultural tour of the roots and shoots of non-European mathematics. He shows us the deep influence the Egyptians and Babylonians had on the Greeks the Arabs' major creative contributions and the astounding range of successes of the great civilizations of India and China. This challenging and erudite book questions familiar assumptions and enlarges our sense of what we mean by mathematics.

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