The History of Mathematics: An Introduction 7th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0073383156
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 7 edition (February 9, 2010)
The History of Mathematics: An Introduction, Seventh Edition, is written for the one- or two-semester math history course taken by juniors or seniors, and covers the history behind the topics typically covered in an undergraduate math curriculum or in elementary schools or high schools. Elegantly written in David Burton’s imitable prose, this classic text provides rich historical context to the mathematics that undergrad math and math education majors encounter every day. Burton illuminates the people, stories, and social context behind mathematics’ greatest historical advances while maintaining appropriate focus on the mathematical concepts themselves. Its wealth of information, mathematical and historical accuracy, and renowned presentation make The History of Mathematics: An Introduction, Seventh Edition a valuable resource that teachers and students will want as part of a permanent library.
“Not, I suppose, a good fit for everyone, but if the reader has any curiosity at all regarding the subject, this is an excellent look at the development of Mathematical thought from ancient times through the present. The only flaw I can find worth quibbling about is that at times, especially as the subjects being addressed approached the modern era, a certain level of familiarity with the material being discussed was assumed on the part of the reader, such that it was more than passing difficult to follow the discussion if one wasn’t at least passably fluent with set theory, as just one example. Some of the terminology used in these cases without explanation was more than a touch impenetrable, and considering that the topics being discussed were topics that are rarely discussed until at least upper-level undergraduate courses and frequently beyond, it is not unreasonable to expect enough explanation to enable someone without much previous exposure to the concepts to at least understand what is being discussed; because there was not even that much explanation, I would not recommend the last couple of chapters to anyone without at least some graduate level math courses under their belt. Most of the book, though, did not suffer from this problem and was quite readable.”
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