Episodes in the Mathematics of Medieval Islam

  • J. L. Berggren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. J. L. Berggren
    Pages 1-28
  3. J. L. Berggren
    Pages 29-69
  4. J. L. Berggren
    Pages 99-126
  5. J. L. Berggren
    Pages 127-156
  6. J. L. Berggren
    Pages 157-188
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 189-197

About this book


From the reviews:

The book is, in spite of the author's more modest claims, an introductory survey of main developments in those disciplines which were particularly important in Medieval Islamic mathematics...No knowledge of mathematics (or of the history of mathematics) beyond normal high-school level is presupposed, and everything required beyond that (be it Apollonian theory of conics or the definitions of celestial circles) is explained carefully and clearly. Scattered throughout the work are a number of lucid remarks on the character of Islamic mathematics or of mathematical work in general. The book will hence not only be an excellent textbook for the teaching of the history of mathematics but also for the liberal art aspect of mathematics teaching in general.

- Jens Høyrup, Mathematical Reviews

...as a textbook, this work is highly commendable...It is definitely the product of a skillful mathematician who has collected over the years a reasonably large number of interesting problems from medieval Arabic mathematics. None of them is pursued to exhaustion, but all of them arranged in such a way, together with accompanying exercises, so that they would engage an active mind and introduce a subject, which I am sure the author agrees with me is, at this stage, very difficult to introduce.

- G.Saliba, Zentralblatt


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Authors and affiliations

  • J. L. Berggren
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-4608-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-40605-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4608-4
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