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The Search for Certainty: A Journey Through the History of Mathematics, 1800-2000

The Search for Certainty: A Journey Through the History of Mathematics, 1800-2000

By: Frank J Swetz

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Authoritative and highly readable, this global survey is suited to those with no background in math as well as more informed readers and teachers. Presented in a chronological and thematic manner, these twenty-six absorbing and entertaining essays focus on the era from 1800 to 2000.
Contributors such as Henri Poincaré, Judith V. Grabiner, and H. S. M. Coxeter discuss topics ranging from logic and infinity to Fermat's Last Theorem. Additional subjects include the evolution of group theory, the development of modern statistics, and ENIAC, the first computer. Each of the brief, self-contained articles features an illuminating introduction and an extensive bibliography. Numerous relevant and provocative illustrations appear throughout the book.

Dover original reprint of selections from From Five Fingers to Infinity: A Journey Through the History of Mathematics, Open Court Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1994 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486474429
ISBN 139780486474427
Author/EditorFrank J Swetz
Page Count192
Dimensions7 x 10

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