Enlightening Symbols

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While all of us regularly use basic math symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols werent available before the sixteenth century. What did mathematic...
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While all of us regularly use basic math symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols werent available before the sixteenth century. What did mathematicians rely on for their work before then? And how did mathematical notations evolve into what we know today? In Enlightening Symbols, popular math writer Joseph Mazur explains the fascinating history behind the development of our mathematical notation system. He shows how symbols were used initially, how one symbol replaced another over time, and how written math was conveyed before and after symbols became widely adopted. Traversing mathematical history and the foundations of numerals in different cultures, Mazur looks at how historians have disagreed over the origins of the numerical system for the past two centuries. He follows the transfigurations of algebra from a rhetorical style to a symbolic one, demonstrating that most algebra before the sixteenth century was written in prose or in verse employing the written names of numerals.
Uitgever John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Druk 1
ISBN/EAN 9780691154633
Auteur Mazur, Joseph
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