"I have always had great regard for this book as the one which relates the development of modern mathematical ideas in a readable fashion."--Michael F. O'Reilly, University of Minnesota in Morris
"Outstanding scholarship and readability. One of only a couple of books available in English for in-depth historical studies at the fourth year/graduate level."--Charles V. Jones, Ball State University
"The consistently high quality of presentation, the accuracy, the readable style, and the stress on the conceptual development of mathematics make [these volumes] a most desirable reference."--Choice
"Without a doubt a book which should be in the library of every institution where mathematics is either taught or played."--The Economist
"What must be the definitive history of mathematical thought....Probably the most comprehensive account of mathematical history we have yet had."--Saturday Review
About the Author
is Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, where he directed the Division of Electromagnetic Research for twenty years.