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Alan Turing's Automatic Computing EngineThe Master Codebreaker's Struggle to build the Modern Computer

Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine: The Master Codebreaker's Struggle to build the Modern Computer

B. Jack Copeland (ed.)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198565932
eISBN:
9780191714016
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565932.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The mathematical genius Alan Turing (1912-1954) was one of the greatest scientists and thinkers of the 20th century. Now well known for his crucial wartime role in breaking the ENIGMA code, he was ... More

Circles DisturbedThe Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149042
eISBN:
9781400842681
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book brings together important thinkers in mathematics, history, and philosophy to explore the relationship between mathematics and narrative. “Circles disturbed” reflect the last words of ... More

Combinatorics: Ancient and Modern

Combinatorics: Ancient and Modern

Robin Wilson and John J. Watkins (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199656592
eISBN:
9780191748059
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656592.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, Combinatorics / Graph Theory / Discrete Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The history of mathematics is a well-studied and vibrant area of research, with books and scholarly articles published on various aspects of the subject. Yet, the history of combinatorics seems to ... More

The Correspondence of Charles HuttonMathematical Networks in Georgian Britain

The Correspondence of Charles Hutton: Mathematical Networks in Georgian Britain

Benjamin Wardhaugh

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198805045
eISBN:
9780191843150
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198805045.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book contains complete transcriptions, with notes, of the 133 surviving letters of Charles Hutton (1737–1823). The letters span the period 1770–1823 and are drawn from nearly thirty different ... More

The Correspondence of John Wallis (1616-1703), Volume
         I(1641 - 1659)

The Correspondence of John Wallis (1616-1703), Volume I: (1641 - 1659)

Philip Beeley and Christoph J. Scriba

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780198510666
eISBN:
9780191705892
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198510666.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book is the first of a six volume edition of the complete correspondence of John Wallis (1616-1703). It begins with his earliest known letters written shortly ... More

The Correspondence of John Wallis (1616–1703)Volume II (1660 – September 1668)

The Correspondence of John Wallis (1616–1703): Volume II (1660 – September 1668)

Philip Beeley and Christoph Scriba

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780198566014
eISBN:
9780191713996
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566014.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This is the second book of a six volume edition of the complete correspondence of one of the leading figures in the scientific revolution of the 17th century, the Oxford mathematician and theologian ... More

A Discourse Concerning AlgebraEnglish Algebra to 1685

A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

Jacqueline A. Stedall

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198524953
eISBN:
9780191711886
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524953.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book provides an accessible account of the rise of algebra in England from the medieval period to the later years of the 17th century. The book includes new research and is the most detailed ... More

The Emperor's New MathematicsWestern Learning and Imperial Authority During the Kangxi Reign (1662-1722)

The Emperor's New Mathematics: Western Learning and Imperial Authority During the Kangxi Reign (1662-1722)

Catherine Jami

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199601400
eISBN:
9780191729218
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601400.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book explores how the mathematics the Jesuits brought to China was reconstructed as a branch of imperial learning so that the emperor Kangxi (r. 1662–1722) could consolidate his power over the ... More

Enlightening SymbolsA Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers

Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers

Joseph Mazur

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691173375
eISBN:
9781400850112
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691173375.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

While all of us regularly use basic mathematical symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols weren't available before the sixteenth century. What did ... More

The Greate Invention of AlgebraThomas Harriot's Treatise on equations

The Greate Invention of Algebra: Thomas Harriot's Treatise on equations

Jacqueline A. Stedall

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198526025
eISBN:
9780191712364
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526025.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book casts new light on the work of Thomas Harriot (c.1560-1621), an innovative thinker and practitioner in several branches of the mathematical sciences, including navigation, astronomy, ... More

Heavenly MathematicsThe Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

Glen Van Brummelen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175997
eISBN:
9781400844807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175997.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book traces the rich history of spherical trigonometry, revealing how the cultures of classical Greece, medieval Islam, and the modern West used this forgotten art to chart the heavens and the ... More

Heavenly NumbersAstronomy and Authority in Early Imperial China

Heavenly Numbers: Astronomy and Authority in Early Imperial China

Christopher Cullen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198733119
eISBN:
9780191797705
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198733119.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book is a history of the development of mathematical astronomy in China, from the late third century BCE, to the early third century CE—a period often referred to as ‘early imperial China’. It ... More

The History of Mathematical TablesFrom Sumer to Spreadsheets

The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets

Martin Campbell-Kelly, Mary Croarken, Raymond Flood, and Eleanor Robson (eds)

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198508410
eISBN:
9780191708831
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508410.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The oldest known mathematical table was found in the ancient Sumerian city of Shuruppag in southern Iraq. Since then, tables have been an important feature of mathematical activity; table making and ... More

John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles CavendishThe Mental World of an Early Modern Mathematician

John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish: The Mental World of an Early Modern Mathematician

Noel Malcolm and Jacqueline Stedall

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198564843
eISBN:
9780191713750
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198564843.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The mathematician John Pell was a member of the Royal Society and one of the generation of scientists that included Boyle, Wren, and Hooke. Although he left a huge body of manuscript materials, he ... More

Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy

Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy

Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney, and Andrew Whitaker (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199231256
eISBN:
9780191710803
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231256.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

Lord Kelvin was one of the greatest physicists of the Victorian era. Widely known for the development of the Kelvin scale of temperature measurement, Kelvin's interests ranged across thermodynamics, ... More

The Logician and the EngineerHow George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age

The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age

Paul J. Nahin

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176000
eISBN:
9781400844654
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176000.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we use—from our computers and cars, to home appliances. How did a system of mathematics ... More

Making and Breaking Mathematical SenseHistories and Philosophies of Mathematical Practice

Making and Breaking Mathematical Sense: Histories and Philosophies of Mathematical Practice

Roi Wagner

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691171715
eISBN:
9781400883783
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691171715.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

In line with the emerging field of philosophy of mathematical practice, this book pushes the philosophy of mathematics away from questions about the reality and truth of mathematical entities and ... More

Mathematics in Ancient EgyptA Contextual History

Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

Annette Imhausen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book traces the development of Egyptian mathematics, from the end of the fourth millennium BC—and the earliest hints of writing and number notation—to the end of the pharaonic period in ... More

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining SubjectsResearch in Recreational Math

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

Jennifer Beineke and Jason Rosenhouse (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164038
eISBN:
9781400881338
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The history of mathematics is filled with major breakthroughs resulting from solutions to recreational problems. Problems of interest to gamblers led to the modern theory of probability, for example, ... More

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining SubjectsResearch in Games, Graphs, Counting, and Complexity, Volume 2

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Games, Graphs, Counting, and Complexity, Volume 2

Jason Rosenhouse and Jennifer Beineke (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691171920
eISBN:
9781400889136
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691171920.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The history of mathematics is filled with major breakthroughs resulting from solutions to recreational problems. Problems of interest to gamblers led to the modern theory of probability, for example, ... More

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