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Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra
Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of

Our Price: $16.00
By John Derbyshire (au)
Year: 2007
Pages: 374
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-452288539

Product Code: 1437951988

Brings the evolution of mathematical thinking to dramatic life beginning in the time of Abraham and Isaac and moving from Abel’s proof to the higher levels of abstraction developed by Galois and through modern-day advances. Explains how a simple turn of thought from “this plus this equals this” to “this plus what equals this?” gives birth to a whole new way of perceiving the world. Algebraists broke new ground when they discarded the simple search for solutions to equations and concentrated instead on abstract groups, a dramatic shift in thinking that revolutionized mathematics. “Leads readers on an intellectually satisfying and pleasantly challenging journey through the development of abstract mathematical thought.” Illustrations.

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