By Leo Corry

the realm round us is saturated with numbers. they're a basic pillar of our smooth society, and permitted and used with not often a moment inspiration. yet how did this situation come to be?

In this e-book, Leo Corry tells the tale in the back of the belief of quantity from the early days of the Pythagoreans, up until eventually the flip of the 20th century. He provides an summary of ways numbers have been dealt with and conceived in classical Greek arithmetic, within the arithmetic of Islam, in ecu arithmetic of the center a while and the Renaissance, throughout the clinical revolution, all through to the maths of the 18th to the early twentieth century.

Focusing on either foundational debates and useful use numbers, and displaying how the tale of numbers is in detail associated with that of the assumption of equation, this booklet presents a necessary perception to numbers for undergraduate scholars, academics, engineers, specialist mathematicians, and a person with an curiosity within the historical past of mathematics.

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