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Evolution of Mathematical Concepts: An Elementary Study

Evolution of Mathematical Concepts: An Elementary Study

By: Raymond L. Wilder

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Accessible to students and relevant to specialists, this remarkable book by a prominent educator offers a unique perspective on the evolutionary development of mathematics. Rather than conducting a survey of the history or philosophy of mathematics, Raymond L. Wilder envisions mathematics as a broad cultural phenomenon. His treatment examines and illustrates how such concepts as number and length were affected by historic and social events.
Starting with a brief consideration of preliminary notions, this study explores the early evolution of numbers, the evolution of geometry, and the conquest of the infinite as embodied by real numbers. A detailed look at the processes of evolution concludes with an examination of the evolutionary aspects of modern mathematics.

Reprint of the John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1973 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486490610
ISBN 139780486490618
Author/EditorRaymond L. Wilder
Page Count240
Dimensions5 3/8 x 8 1/2

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