By Michael K. J. Goodman

An easy-to-read presentation of the early heritage of arithmetic

Engaging and obtainable, An creation to the Early improvement of arithmetic provides an enthralling advent to the background of historical arithmetic in early civilizations for a nontechnical viewers. Written with functional purposes in numerous parts, the booklet makes use of the old context of arithmetic as a pedagogical software to aid readers operating via mathematical and historic topics.

The e-book is split into sections on major early civilizations together with Egypt, Babylonia, China, Greece, India, and the Islamic global. starting each one bankruptcy with a normal old review of the civilized quarter, the writer highlights the civilization’s mathematical options, quantity representations, accomplishments, demanding situations, and contributions to the mathematical international. completely class-tested, An advent to the Early improvement of arithmetic features:

  • Challenging routines that lead readers to a deeper realizing of mathematics
  • Numerous appropriate examples and challenge units with certain reasons of the approaches and suggestions on the finish of every chapter
  • Additional references on particular subject matters and keyword phrases from historical past, archeology, faith, tradition, and mathematics
  • Examples of functional purposes with step by step factors of the mathematical strategies and equations during the lens of early mathematical problems
  • A significant other site that comes with extra exercises

An advent to the Early improvement of arithmetic is an amazing textbook for undergraduate classes at the heritage of arithmetic and a complement for simple and secondary schooling majors. The e-book can also be a suitable reference for pro and alternate audiences drawn to the background of mathematics.

Michael ok. J. Goodman is Adjunct arithmetic teacher at Westchester group university, the place he teaches classes within the historical past of arithmetic, modern arithmetic, and algebra. he's additionally the landlord and operator of the training Miracle, LLC, which supplies educational tutoring and try guidance for either collage and highschool students.

Show description

Read or Download An Introduction to the Early Development of Mathematics PDF

Best geometry books

M-Theory and Quantum Geometry

The basic constitution of topic and spacetime on the shortest size scales is still a thrilling frontier of easy examine in theoretical physics. A unifying subject during this region is the quantization of geometrical items. nearly all of lectures on the complicated learn Institute on Quantum Ge­ ometry in Akureyri was once on contemporary advances in superstring concept, that is the major candidate for a unified description of all recognized hassle-free par­ ticles and interactions.

Fractal Geometry and Stochastics II

The second one convention on Fractal Geometry and Stochastics used to be held at Greifs­ wald/Koserow, Germany from August 28 to September 2, 1998. 4 years had handed after the 1st convention with this subject and through this era the curiosity within the topic had swiftly elevated. multiple hundred mathematicians from twenty-two nations attended the second one convention and such a lot of them provided their most up-to-date effects.

Turning Points in the History of Mathematics

Presents a complete evaluate of the main turning issues within the historical past of arithmetic, from historical Greece to the present
Substantial reference lists provide feedback for assets to profit extra in regards to the subject matters discussed
Problems and tasks are integrated in every one bankruptcy to increase and bring up realizing of the cloth for students
Ideal source for college students and academics of the background of mathematics

This e-book explores a number of the significant turning issues within the background of arithmetic, starting from historical Greece to the current, demonstrating the drama that has frequently been part of its evolution. learning those breakthroughs, transitions, and revolutions, their stumbling-blocks and their triumphs, can assist remove darkness from the significance of the historical past of arithmetic for its educating, studying, and appreciation.

Some of the turning issues thought of are the increase of the axiomatic strategy (most famously in Euclid), and the next significant alterations in it (for instance, by means of David Hilbert); the “wedding,” through analytic geometry, of algebra and geometry; the “taming” of the infinitely small and the infinitely huge; the passages from algebra to algebras, from geometry to geometries, and from mathematics to arithmetics; and the revolutions within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries that resulted from Georg Cantor’s construction of transfinite set concept. The starting place of every turning aspect is mentioned, in addition to the mathematicians concerned and a few of the math that resulted. difficulties and tasks are incorporated in every one bankruptcy to increase and bring up figuring out of the cloth. sizeable reference lists also are provided.

Turning issues within the historical past of arithmetic might be a necessary source for lecturers of, and scholars in, classes in arithmetic or its historical past. The publication must also be of curiosity to somebody with a history in arithmetic who needs to
learn extra in regards to the very important moments in its development.

History of Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Mathematics within the Humanities and Social Sciences

Additional resources for An Introduction to the Early Development of Mathematics

Example text

One Egyptian geometry puzzle poses exactly that question: find the dimensions of a rectangle whose perimeter (in units of length) matches its area (in square units). The Egyptians found the only two rectangles that satisfy this challenge (using whole numbers only), but as far as we know they didn’t have any proof that more could not be found. In modern terms, we can call the sides of the rectangle a and b. The ­perimeter therefore is 2a + 2b, and the area is ab. So, finding the dimensions of the rectangles means solving the equation 2a 2b ab.

28 1 2 4 7 14, and those five numbers are the only ones that go into 28 evenly. The Greeks, who studied relationships like this in much more depth, called 28 a perfect number because of this coincidence. Undoubtedly, the Egyptians also knew that 6 was a perfect number in this sense and therefore liked 6. (6 1 2 3) . 28 is also the number of days the moon takes to renew itself, going from full moon to new moon to full again, through reliably predictable stages. The Egyptians, like virtually every other ancient society, had some reverence for the moon and regarded it as godlike.

The successive doubling of 47 gives 1 2 4 8 16 32 47 94 188 376 752 1504 We can stop because 1504 is more than 1000. The biggest number on the list smaller than 1000 is 752, so we subtract 1000 752 248 Now we’re looking for a number on the list less than 248. 248 188 60 Now we’re looking for a number on the list less than 60. 60 47 13 16 ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MATHEMATICS There are no numbers on the list less than 13, so 13 is our remainder. We add the numbers opposite the numbers we subtracted (16 + 4+ 1) to get our answer: 21.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.36 of 5 – based on 35 votes