This book contains around 80 articles on major writings in mathematics published between 1640 and 1940. All aspects of mathematics are covered: pure and applied, probability and statistics, foundations and philosophy. Sometimes two writings from the same period and the same subject are taken together. The biography of the author(s) is recorded, and the circumstances of the preparation of the writing are given. When the writing is of some lengths an analytical table of its contents is supplied. The contents of the writing is reviewed, and its impact described, at least for the immediate decades. Each article ends with a bibliography of primary and secondary items. Am First book of its kind Am Covers the period 1640-1940 of massive development in mathematics Am Describes many of the main writings of mathematics Am Articles written by specialists in their fieldBernoulli comments that this is the first time Huygens is forced to use analysis in order to find the solution. ... 5 but without indicating how he had achieved these results; problems 2 and 4 are without either result or any hint how to solve them.

Title | : | Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics 1640-1940 |

Author | : | Ivor Grattan-Guinness |

Publisher | : | Elsevier - 2005-02-11 |

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