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Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics 1640-1940

Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics 1640-1940

Ivor Grattan-Guinness


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This book contains around 80 articles on major writings in mathematics published between 1640 and 1940. All aspects of mathematics are covered: pure and applied, probability and statistics, foundations and philosophy. Sometimes two writings from the same period and the same subject are taken together. The biography of the author(s) is recorded, and the circumstances of the preparation of the writing are given. When the writing is of some lengths an analytical table of its contents is supplied. The contents of the writing is reviewed, and its impact described, at least for the immediate decades. Each article ends with a bibliography of primary and secondary items.

  • First book of its kind
  • Covers the period 1640-1940 of massive development in mathematics
  • Describes many of the main writings of mathematics
  • Articles written by specialists in their field

"Die Sammlung richtet sich an Leser, die sich für die Geschichte der Mathematik, der Philosophie, der Logik oder auch der Physik interessieren. Sie kann es dem Leser durchaus ermöglichen, sich einen fundierten Überblick über die entscheidenden Werke der Neuzeit zu verschaffen". (Michael Toepell, Kurznotizen 80, pag. 125)