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Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam by Victor J. KatzBook Description In recent decades it has become obvious that mathematics has always been a worldwide activity. But this is the first book to provide a substantial collection of English translations of key mathematical texts from the five most important ancient and medieval nonWestern mathematical cultures, and to put them into full historical and mathematical context. "The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam" gives English readers a firsthand understanding and appreciation of these cultures' important contributions to world mathematics. The five section authors  Annette Imhausen (Egypt), Eleanor Robson (Mesopotamia), Joseph Dauben (China), Kim Plofker (India), and J. Lennart Berggren (Islam)  are experts in their fields. Each author has selected key texts and in many cases provided new translations. The authors have also written substantial section introductions that give an overview of each mathematical culture and explanatory notes that put each selection into context. This authoritative commentary allows readers to understand the sometimes unfamiliar mathematics of these civilizations and the purpose and significance of each text. Addressing a critical gap in the mathematics literature in English, this book is an essential resource for anyone with at least an undergraduate degree in mathematics who wants to learn about nonWestern mathematical developments and how they helped shape and enrich world mathematics. The book is also an indispensable guide for mathematics teachers who want to use nonWestern mathematical ideas in the classroom.Buy Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam book by Victor J. Katz from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books. Book Details ISBN: 9780691114859ISBN10: 0691114854 Classification: Mathematics Format: Hardback (254mm x 178mm x 53mm) Pages: 704 Imprint: Princeton University Press Publisher: Princeton University Press Publish Date: 16Jul2007 Country of Publication: United States 

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