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The Beginnings and Evolution of Algebra : Dolciani Mathematical Expositions - I. G. Bashmakova

The Beginnings and Evolution of Algebra

Dolciani Mathematical Expositions

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Published: 27th April 2000
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The elements of algebra were known to the ancient Mesopotamians at least 4000 years ago. Today algebra stands as one of the cornerstones of modern mathematics. How then did the subject evolve? How did its constituent ideas and concepts arise, and how have they changed over the years? These are the questions that the authors address in this work. The authors challenge the existing view that the development of algebra was driven by the investigation of determinate equations and in particular their solution by radicals. In short they claim that the study of indeterminate equations was no less important. Historians of mathematics, as well as working algebraists who want to look into the history of their subject, will find this an illuminating read.

Elements of algebra in ancient Babylonia
Ancient Greek +geometric algebra+
The birth of literal algebra
Algebra in the middle ages in the Arabic east and in Europe
The first achievements of algebra in Europe
Algebra in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
The theory of algebraic equations in the nineteenth century
Problems of number theory and the birth of commutative algebra
Linear and noncommutative algebra
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ISBN: 9780883853290
ISBN-10: 0883853299
Series: Dolciani Mathematical Expositions
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 27th April 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.28