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By Leo Corry

the area round us is saturated with numbers. they seem to be a primary pillar of our glossy society, and permitted and used with not often a moment notion. yet how did this situation come to be?

In this ebook, Leo Corry tells the tale at the back of the belief of quantity from the early days of the Pythagoreans, up till the flip of the 20 th century. He provides an summary of ways numbers have been dealt with and conceived in classical Greek arithmetic, within the arithmetic of Islam, in ecu arithmetic of the center a long time and the Renaissance, throughout the clinical revolution, all through to the maths of the 18th to the early twentieth century.

Focusing on either foundational debates and sensible use numbers, and displaying how the tale of numbers is in detail associated with that of the assumption of equation, this booklet offers a helpful perception to numbers for undergraduate scholars, lecturers, engineers, expert mathematicians, and an individual with an curiosity within the historical past of mathematics.

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