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Sherlock Holmes in Babylon and Other Tales of Mathematical History (Spectrum) Hardcover – January, 2004

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Covering a span of almost 4000 years, from the ancient Babylonians to the eighteenth century, this collection of essays chronicles the enormous changes in mathematical thinking over this time, as viewed by distinguished historians of mathematics. It will be enjoyed by anyone interested in mathematics and its history.

About the Author

Victor Katz is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia. He has long been interested in the history of mathematics and its use in teaching. His textbook: "A History of Mathematics: An Introduction" was published in 1993, with a second edition in 1998 and a shorter version to appear in 2004. He has written numerous articles and given many presentations dealing with the history of mathematics and its use in teaching.

Robin Wilson is currently Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the Open University, U.K., and Fellow in Mathematics at Keble College, Oxford University. He has written and edited about 25 books, in topics ranging from graph theory and combinatorics, via philately and the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, to the history of mathematics puns.

Marlow Anderson is a professor of mathematics at The Colorado College, in Colorado Springs; he has been a member of the mathematics department there since 1982. He studied partially ordered algebra at the University of Kansas and received his Ph.D. in 1978. He has written over 20 research papers. In addition, he is co-author of a book on lattice-ordered groups, and also an undergraduate textbook on abstract algebra.

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Product Details

  • Series: Spectrum
  • Hardcover: 398 pages
  • Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America (January 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883855461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883855461
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a great book! If you're a mathematician you're going to enjoy reading the stories and solving the math on your own.
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