© 1989

Mathematics and Its History


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Stillwell
    Pages 1-12
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About this book


One of the disappointments experienced by most mathematics students is that they never get a course in mathematics. They get courses in calculus, algebra, topology, and so on, but the division of labor in teaching seems to prevent these different topics from being combined into a whole. In fact, some of the most important and natural questions are stifled because they fall on the wrong side of topic boundary lines. Algebraists do not discuss the fundamental theorem of algebra because "that's analysis" and analysts do not discuss Riemann surfaces because "that's topology," for example. Thus if students are to feel they really know mathematics by the time they graduate, there is a need to unify the subject. This book aims to give a unified view of undergraduate mathematics by approaching the subject through its history. Since readers should have had some mathematical experience, certain basics are assumed and the mathe­ matics is not developed as formally as in a standard text. On the other hand, the mathematics is pursued more thoroughly than in most general histories of mathematics, as mathematics is our main goal and history only the means of approaching it. Readers are assumed to know basic calculus, algebra, and geometry, to understand the language of set theory, and to have met some more advanced topics such as group theory, topology, and differential equations.


Calc Finite Mathematica analytic geometry computation development function geometry group theory history of mathematics logic mathematics projective geometry themes theorem

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mathematics and Its History
  • Authors John Stillwell
  • Series Title Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-96981-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-0009-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-0007-4
  • Series ISSN 0172-6056
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 371
  • Number of Illustrations 36 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Mathematical Sciences
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