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The Nature and Growth of Modern Mathematics First Thus Edition
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The most pleasing feature about this book is that it is a fine balance between the mathematical ideas and the lives of the mathematicians. Best of all, it paints a sympathetic history of the times in which the discoveries were made. The use of anecdotes and "little" events in the lives of the men and women really brings to life both the subjects and their work.
Although my particular favourite sections are on the achievements of Euler, Gauss, Lagrange, d'Alambert, Ricci, Levi Civita, and Riemann, the book is truly an expansive landscape - there is coverage of virtually all the greats from the 16th century onwards. There are numerous examples from which to learn the basics of the mathematics. For instance, the sections on the history of the calculus are interwoven with simple, yet lucid examples. Equally, the more complex ideas like integral equations and partial differential equations are illustrated by examples drawn from the physical world.
All this makes the book worthwhile - it DOES NOT skirt over the Mathematics, but rather, makes an active attempt at imparting knowledge and understanding. This makes the book ideal for both the Maths specialist who is interested in history and for the generalist seeking a broad understanding without being daunted by the Maths. Kramer has done a marvellous job in meeting this tough challenge.
If this book has one failing, it is the way it skims over mathematical contributions from non-western societies, but it balances this somewhat by not overplaying the "Greek card". Some books do go on about Euclid as if he was the Newton of the ancients!Read more ›
There is a great deal of power in the present era from being able to recognize the appropriate techniques from a more wide knowledge base, at times, yes, to synthesize two or more techniques to solve a potent problem or develop an application. Edna Kramers book gave me a great deal, and it is written in a way that could assist people in all occupations and with all interests.
It is a fascinating and at times awe inspring overview of math.
The book has 30 chapters, but one can read any chapter in silo. I found fresh ideas and in-depth explanations on Galois Group & Theory of equations, Felix Klein's Geometry, Emile Noether's Ideal in Rings... nowhere I could find such lucid explanations.
As the Author said in Preface, any man on the street deserves to know what Modern Math is about and how it affects our life and our universe. Modern Math should not be kept in the ivory tower of the universities, be the privileged treasure of the mathematians. It belongs to the enthusiates, the curious students & the engineers who, by far, ignorant of this fascinating "New" Math which dates since 4,000 years ago.
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Highly recommend this book, very well written. Some parts were hard to get through as I did not have an adequate background for the subject matter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Terence Michaels
At college, I picked up Kramer's book (two paperback volumes) from a library sale. Possibly the best dollar I've ever spent. Ms. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Miller
I enjoy learning about math with the written stories and explanations provided in this book. It bears few dry equations, but explains the basic gist of advanced math topics well.Published 24 months ago by Robin
My perspective is that of a retired financial economist, electrical engineer and PhD mathematician.
This book provides an overview of mathematics and its foundations that is... Read more
Edna Kramer gives such wonderful insight to mathematical evolution that she makes it come alive! To understand the struggles these math giants went through to solve problems that... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Don C.
This is less a history of mathematics than an attempt to give a popular survey of the entire field, with much accompanying biographical material on relevant mathematicians. Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by a reader
"The Nature and Growth of Modern Mathematics" is more than simply a history of mathematics. It is also a review of the interesection of matehmatics with physics. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by KCWizard
This book is an excellent and nearly comprehensive introduction to the history of mathematics. I read it very carefully in college 30 years ago and have since found nothing like... Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by jaguar