By Leo Corry

ISBN-10: 0198702590

ISBN-13: 9780198702597

the area round us is saturated with numbers. they seem to be a basic pillar of our glossy society, and authorised and used with hardly ever a moment concept. yet how did this scenario come to be?

In this publication, Leo Corry tells the tale in the back of the belief of quantity from the early days of the Pythagoreans, up till the flip of the 20 th century. He provides an summary of ways numbers have been dealt with and conceived in classical Greek arithmetic, within the arithmetic of Islam, in eu arithmetic of the center a while and the Renaissance, throughout the medical revolution, all through to the math of the 18th to the early twentieth century.

Focusing on either foundational debates and functional use numbers, and exhibiting how the tale of numbers is in detail associated with that of the assumption of equation, this booklet offers a useful perception to numbers for undergraduate scholars, lecturers, engineers, specialist mathematicians, and somebody with an curiosity within the historical past of mathematics.

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