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Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149059
eISBN:
9781400850525
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149059.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

What is algebra? For some, it is an abstract language of x's and y's. For mathematics majors and professional mathematicians, it is a world of axiomatically defined constructs like groups, rings, and ... More


Newton and the Origin of Civilization

Jed Z. Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691154787
eISBN:
9781400845187
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154787.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Isaac Newton’s Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended, published in 1728, one year after the great man’s death, unleashed a storm of controversy. And for good reason. The book presents a drastically ... More


Cross-Cultural Encounters and Conflicts

Charles Issawi

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195118131
eISBN:
9780199854554
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118131.001.0001
Subject:
History, Middle East History

Among the forces shaping today's international landscape, those of cultural differences and conflicts are perhaps the most prominent. This collection of chapters has been written in the belief that a ... More


Egypt and Mesopotamia

Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall

in Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149059
eISBN:
9781400850525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149059.003.0002
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter explores the beginnings of algebra in Egypt and Mesopotamia. They are the earliest civilizations to have left written mathematical records, and they date back thousands of years. From ... More


Introduction

TREVOR BRYCE

in The Kingdom of the Hittites

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199281329
eISBN:
9780191706752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281329.003.15
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

During the last 150 years, archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and philologists have all made substantial contributions to our knowledge of the ancient civilizations which rose, flourished, ... More


The Origins of the Hittites

TREVOR BRYCE

in The Kingdom of the Hittites

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199281329
eISBN:
9780191706752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281329.003.01
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

To the 19th-century scholar, Anatolia was little more than a mysterious blank in the Near East during the Bronze Age at a time when the great ancient civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt ... More


Death – Some Preliminary Reflections

Filiz Peach

in Death, 'Deathlessness' and Existenz in Karl Jaspers' Philosophy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625352
eISBN:
9780748652426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625352.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter provides the relevant background knowledge that will be linked with later discussions on Karl Jaspers' existential analysis of death. It explains that the human relatedness to death ... More


The Origins of Ancient Vietnam

Nam C. Kim

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780199980888
eISBN:
9780190268879
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199980888.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This book is concerned with the origins of an ancient state in northern Vietnam, an area long believed to be the cradle of Vietnamese ethnic identity and civilization. This area has been referenced ... More


The Sikh Homeland

Khushwant Singh

in A History of the Sikhs: Volume 1: 1469-1838

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195673081
eISBN:
9780199080601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673081.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter provides a detailed description of the Sikh homeland, Punjab. The beginning of the chapter presents a geographical description of the area, including its land forms and boundaries. The ... More


Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Richard J. A. Talbert

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226789378
eISBN:
9780226789408
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226789408.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This book encompasses a vast arc of space and time—Western Asia to North Africa and Europe from the third millennium BCE to the fifth century CE—to explore mapmaking and worldviews in the ancient ... More


The Wall

Thomas Nail

in Theory of the Border

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190618643
eISBN:
9780190618681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618643.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter develops a theory of the border structure of the wall. The wall as a border regime introduces a centrifugal social force that links together the fenced-in flows of territorial borders ... More


Gurus, Experts, Idiots, and the Modalities of Debate

G. E. R. Lloyd

in The Ideals of Inquiry: An Ancient History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780198705604
eISBN:
9780191774508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705604.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines the role of debates in ancient civilizations. One key question is where it is thought that one should defer to experts, or where lay people (idiots in the original Greek sense) ... More


Some Great Divide?

G. E. R. Lloyd

in The Ideals of Inquiry: An Ancient History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780198705604
eISBN:
9780191774508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705604.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The preceding chapters focused on literate ancient civilizations and posed three interrelated questions: how various members of those societies thought one should go about investigating; what they ... More


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