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- New edition extensively revised and updated The author’s style and exposition are unique
- Features new exercises throughout the book Contains a new section on the Poincare conjecture Includes new chapters on simple groups and combinatorics

Part of the book series: Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics (UTM)

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"This book covers many interesting topics not usually covered in a present day undergraduate course, as well as certain basic topics such as the development of the calculus and the solution of polynomial equations. The fact that the topics are introduced in their historical contexts will enable students to better appreciate and understand the mathematical ideas involved...If one constructs a list of topics central to a history course, then they would closely resemble those chosen here."

(David Parrott, Australian Mathematical Society)

This third edition includes new chapters on simple groups and combinatorics, and new sections on several topics, including the Poincare conjecture. The book has also been enriched by added exercises.

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“Mathematics and Its History is an original, engaging and effective book, which I think would be enjoyed by students, lay readers with the right background, or indeed mathematicians themselves.” (Danny Yee, Danny Yee's Book Reviews, dannyreviews.com, March, 2019)

From the reviews of the third edition:

"The author’s goal for *Mathematics and its History* is to provide a “bird’s-eye view of undergraduate mathematics.” (p. *vii*) In that regard it succeeds admirably. ... *Mathematics and its History* is a joy to read. The writing is clear, concise and inviting. The style is very different from a traditional text. ... The author has done a wonderful job of tying together the dominant themes of undergraduate mathematics. ... While Stillwell does a wonderful job of tying together seemingly unrelated areas of mathematics, it is possible to read each chapter independently. I would recommend this fine book for anyone who has an interest in the history of mathematics. For those who teach mathematics, it provides lots of information which could easily be used to enrich an opening lecture in most any undergraduate course. It would be an ideal gift for a department’s outstanding major or for the math club president. Pick it up at your peril — it is hard to put down!"

(Richard Wilders, MAA Reviews)

“I appreciate and recommend Stillwell’s presentation of mathematics and history written in a lively style. The author’s concept (history mostly as the means of approaching mathematics) remains a matter of interest for both the mathematician and the historian … .” (Rüdiger Thiele, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1207, 2011)

From the reviews of the second edition:

"This book covers many interesting topics not usually covered in a present day undergraduate course, as well as certain basic topics such as the development of the calculus and the solution of polynomial equations. The fact that the topics areintroduced in their historical contexts will enable students to better appreciate and understand the mathematical ideas involved...If one constructs a list of topics central to a history course, then they would closely resemble those chosen here."

(David Parrott, Australian Mathematical Society)

"The book...is presented in a lively style without unnecessary detail. It is very stimulating and will be appreciated not only by students. Much attention is paid to problems and to the development of mathematics before the end of the nineteenth century... This book brings to the non-specialist interested in mathematics many interesting results. It can be recommended for seminars and will be enjoyed by the broad mathematical community."

(European Mathematical Society)

"Since Stillwell treats many topics, most mathematicians will learn a lot from this book as well as they will find pleasant and rather clear expositions of custom materials. The book is accessible to students that have already experienced calculus, algebra and geometry and will give them a good account of how the different branches of mathematics interact."

(Denis Bonheure, Bulletin of the Belgian Society)

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Book Title: Mathematics and Its History

Authors: John Stillwell

Series Title: Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6053-5

Publisher: Springer New York, NY

eBook Packages: Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics (R0)

Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2010

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4419-6052-8Published: 02 August 2010

Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4614-2632-5Published: 13 October 2012

eBook ISBN: 978-1-4419-6053-5Published: 23 July 2010

Series ISSN: 0172-6056

Series E-ISSN: 2197-5604

Edition Number: 3

Number of Pages: XXII, 662

Topics: History of Mathematical Sciences, Geometry, Number Theory, Analysis