A Brief History of Numbers by Leo Corry

By Leo Corry

the realm round us is saturated with numbers. they're a primary pillar of our sleek society, and authorised and used with infrequently a moment concept. yet how did this situation come to be?

In this ebook, Leo Corry tells the tale at the back of the assumption of quantity from the early days of the Pythagoreans, up till the flip of the 20 th century. He offers 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, in the course of the medical revolution, all through to the math of the 18th to the early twentieth century.

Focusing on either foundational debates and useful use numbers, and displaying how the tale of numbers is in detail associated with that of the assumption of equation, this e-book offers a important perception to numbers for undergraduate scholars, lecturers, engineers, expert mathematicians, and someone with an curiosity within the heritage of mathematics.

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