An Episodic History of Mathematics
by Steven G. Krantz
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America 2006
Number of pages: 483
An Episodic History of Mathematics delivers a series of snapshots of the history of mathematics from ancient times to the twentieth century. The intent is not to be an encyclopedic history of mathematics, but to give the reader a sense of mathematical culture and history. The book abounds with stories, and personalities play a strong role.
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