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Unknown quantity : a real and imagined history of algebra

By: Derbyshire, John

1843545705 / 9781843545705
Paperback
01/08/2008
Stock expected by 25/06/2021
United Kingdom
20 cm 384 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry, 2006; London: Atlantic, 2007.

'Here is the story of algebra.' With this deceptively simple introduction, Unknown Quantity opens, thirty-eight centuries ago, at the time of Abraham and Isaac.

In stylish and accessible prose, Derbyshire shows how the invention of algebra was more than the beginning of a specific discipline of mathematics; it was also the birth of a new way of thinking that altered, forever, the ways in which we see and understand our world.

BIC:

PBF Algebra, PBX History of mathematics, PDZM Popular mathematics

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