A history of math

The 17th Century saw NapierBriggs and others greatly extend the power of mathematics as a calculatory science with his discovery of logarithms.

Eratosthenes hears that in noon at midsummer the sun shines straight down a well at Aswan, in the south of Egypt. The first woman mathematician recorded by history was Hypatia of Alexandria AD — The discipline of mathematics now covers - in addition to the more or less standard fields of number theory, algebra, geometry, analysis calculusmathematical logic and set theory, and more applied mathematics such as probability theory and statistics - a bewildering array of specialized areas and fields of study, including group theory, order theory, knot theory, sheaf theory, topology, differential geometry, A history of math geometry, graph theory, functional analysis, complex analysis, singularity theory, catastrophe theory, chaos theory, measure theory, model theory, category theory, control theory, game theory, complexity theory and many more.

She succeeded her father as Librarian at the Great Library and wrote many works on applied mathematics. Furthermore, they had no mark to separate numbers into integral and fractional parts as with the modern decimal point. However, the exponential growth of mathematics means that, for the period from the 19th century on, historians are able to treat only the major figures in any detail.

The Ishango bone consists of a series of tally marks carved in three columns running the length of the bone. In addition to giving area formulas and methods for multiplication, division and working with unit fractions, it also contains evidence of other mathematical knowledge, [27] including composite and prime numbers ; arithmeticgeometric and harmonic means ; and simplistic understandings of both the Sieve of Eratosthenes and perfect number theory namely, that of the number 6.

It is beyond the scope is this study to discuss every single mathematician who has made significant contributions to the subject, just as it is impossible to describe all aspects of a discipline as huge in its scope as mathematics. The diagram accompanies Book II, Proposition 5. The most famous European work involving magic squares is perhaps Albrecht Durer's engraving 'Melancolia', from Mathematical developments increased rapidly around the time of the Italian Renaissance in the 16th century and continued through the scientific revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries, becoming increasingly abstract in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The logarithm remains an important mathematical function but its use in calculating has gone for ever. He also writes that "no attempt has been made to explain why a tally of something should exhibit multiples of two, prime numbers between 10 and 20, and some numbers that are almost multiples of Babylonian mathematics refers to any mathematics of the peoples of Mesopotamia modern Iraq from the days of the early Sumerians through the Hellenistic period almost to the dawn of Christianity.

The history of mathematics is nearly as old as humanity itself. It is not intended for mathematicians, but for the interested laity like myself.

As they were doing this, a turtle emerged from the water with a curious pattern on its shell, with patterns of circular dots arranged in a three-by-three grid on the shell, such that the sum of the numbers in each row, column and diagonal was the same: However we must also mention Leibnizwhose much more rigorous approach to the calculus although still unsatisfactory was to set the scene for the mathematical work of the 18th Century rather than that of Newton.

In fact, by the 13th century, the Arabs had produced a 10 by 10 magic square.By Michael Hartley. Magic squares have a history dating so far back they disappear into the boundary between history and myth. From ancient Chinese literature we have the following story: At one time, there was a huge flood.

History of mathematics

The people tried to offer sacrifices to the god of one of the flooding rivers, the Lo river, to calm his anger. Welcome to Harcourt School Publishers.

Enter your user name and password to log in. Links to Web Sites on the History of Mathematics (The British Society for the History of Mathematics) History of Mathematics Math Archives (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) History/Biography The Math Forum (Drexel University).

Biographies of mathematicians. Biographies Index.

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History Topics Index. Additional material index. Famous curves index. Another required book for a course. Some useful information, but the book is not formatted very well.

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