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Author Laubenbacher, Reinhard

Title Mathematical expeditions : chronicles by the explorers / Reinhard Laubenbacher, David Pengelley

Publisher New York : Springer, c1999


 McDonald 2nd Floor  QA21 .L34 1999    AVAILABLE
Call # QA21 .L34 1999
Descript x, 275 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-267) and index
"This book contains the stories of five mathematical journeys into new realms, told through the writings of the explorers themselves. Some were guided by mere curiosity and the thrill of adventure, while others had more practical motives. In each case the outcome was a vast expansion of the known mathematical world and the realization that still greater vistas remained to be explored. The authors tell these stories by guiding the reader through the very words of the mathematicians at the heart of these events, and thereby provide insight into the art of approaching mathematical problems."--BOOK JACKET
Contents 1. Geometry: The Parallel Postulate -- 2. Set Theory: Taming the Infinite -- 3. Analysis: Calculating Areas and Volumes -- 4. Number Theory: Fermat's Last Theorem -- 5. Algebra: The Search for an Elusive Formula
Subject Mathematics -- History -- Sources
Mathématiques -- Histoire -- Sources
Zahlentheorie. swd
Algebra. swd
Geometrie. swd
Mengenlehre. swd
Analysis. swd
Add Author Pengelley, David
Series Undergraduate texts in mathematics. Readings in mathematics
Undergraduate texts in mathematics. Readings in mathematics