The history of mathematics: an introduction / David M. Burton.—7th ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN (alk. A Brief History of Mathematics. What is mathematics? What do mathematicians do? bestthing.info~rpyke/bestthing.info Cajori, F. The Teaching and History of Mathematics in the U. S.. Washington, 3. *Cantor, Moritz. Vorlesungen über Geschichte der Mathematik. Leipzig.

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Finally, the Berlin Papyrus c. The Pythagoreans are generally credited with the first proof of the theorem.

Greek mathematics of the period following Alexander the Great is sometimes called Hellenistic mathematics. All surviving records of pre-Greek mathematics show the use of inductive reasoning, that is, repeated observations used to establish rules of thumb. Greek mathematicians, by contrast, used deductive reasoning.

The Greeks used logic to derive conclusions from definitions and axioms, and used mathematical rigor to prove them.

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Although the extent of the influence is disputed, they were probably inspired by Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics. According to legend, Pythagoras traveled to Egypt to learn mathematics, geometry, and astronomy from Egyptian priests. Thales used geometry to solve problems such as calculating the height of pyramids and the distance of ships from the shore. He is credited with the first use of deductive reasoning applied to geometry, by deriving four corollaries to Thales' Theorem.

As a result, he has been hailed as the first true mathematician and the first known individual to whom a mathematical discovery has been attributed.

The Pythagoreans are credited with the first proof of the Pythagorean theorem , [38] though the statement of the theorem has a long history, and with the proof of the existence of irrational numbers. Though he made no specific technical mathematical discoveries, Aristotle —c. The diagram accompanies Book II, Proposition 5.

Although most of the contents of the Elements were already known, Euclid arranged them into a single, coherent logical framework.

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Euclid also wrote extensively on other subjects, such as conic sections , optics , spherical geometry , and mechanics, but only half of his writings survive. Archimedes c. Apollonius of Perga c. AD 90— , a landmark astronomical treatise whose trigonometric tables would be used by astronomers for the next thousand years. Following a period of stagnation after Ptolemy, the period between and AD is sometimes referred to as the "Silver Age" of Greek mathematics.

His main work was the Arithmetica, a collection of algebraic problems dealing with exact solutions to determinate and indeterminate equations.

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Jain mathematicians are important historically as crucial links between the mathematics of the Vedic period and that of the "classical period. In particular, their fascination with the enumeration of very large numbers and infinities led them to classify numbers into three classes: enumerable, innumerable and infinite.

Not content with a simple notion of infinity, they went on to define five different types of infinity: the infinite in one direction, the infinite in two directions, the infinite in area, the infinite everywhere, and the infinite perpetually.

In addition, Jain mathematicians devised notations for simple powers and exponents of numbers like squares and cubes, which enabled them to define simple algebraic equations beejganita samikaran. Jain mathematicians were apparently also the first to use the word shunya literally void in Sanskrit to refer to zero.

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More than a millennium later, their appellation became the English word "zero" after a tortuous journey of translations and transliterations from India to Europe. See Zero: Etymology. Important Jain mathematicians included Bhadrabahu d.

Memorisation and recitation was also used to transmit philosophical and literary works, as well as treatises on ritual and grammar. Modern scholars of ancient India have noted the "truly remarkable achievements of the Indian pandits who have preserved enormously bulky texts orally for millennia.

The texts were subsequently "proof-read" by comparing the different recited versions. One method of constructing the altar was to divide one side of the square into three equal parts using a cord or rope, to next divide the transverse or perpendicular side into seven equal parts, and thereby sub-divide the square into 21 congruent rectangles.

The bricks were then designed to be of the shape of the constituent rectangle and the layer was created. To form the next layer, the same formula was used, but the bricks were arranged transversely. After dividing the quadri-lateral in seven, one divides the transverse [cord] in three. In another layer one places the [bricks] North-pointing.

All these inferences are made by the officiant as he recalls the formula from his memory. Consequently, many mathematical works began to be written down in manuscripts that were then copied and re-copied from generation to generation.

India today is estimated to have about thirty million manuscripts, the largest body of handwritten reading material anywhere in the world.Functional Analysis. Later under the Arab Empire , Mesopotamia, especially Baghdad , once again became an important center of study for Islamic mathematics.

Abstract Algebra. The physically important concept of vector, is generalized to vector spaces and studied in linear algebra, belongs to the two branches of structure and space.

This book covers the period from antiquity to the close of World War I, with major emphasis on advanced mathematics and, in particular, the advanced mathematics of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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