Encyclopedia of Mathematics

Encyclopedia of Mathematics

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Presents more than eight hundred entries, six essays, a chronology of notable events in mathematics, a list of associations, and a bibliography that contains Web resources.

Book News
Aimed at high school and college students, this encyclopedia not only covers recent discoveries and basic terms, but also explains the importance of mathematics to society. In addition to entries on such topics as complex numbers, Greek mathematics, Pythagoras, and infinity, the text includes six essays that discuss the evolution of algebra and equations, calculus, functions, geometry, probability and statistics, and trigonometry. The appendices include bibliographies, a list of web resources, a chronology of notable discoveries, and a list of mathematics associations. Tanton is the founding director of St. Mark's Institute of Mathematics. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Encyclopedia of Mathematics is a useful reference providing current and accurate information on the subject for high school and college students. Comprehensive coverage includes significant discoveries in mathematics, in addition to definitions of basic terms, thought-provoking essays, and capsule biographies of notable scientists in mathematics - all presenting a wide range of valuable information compiled into a single source. Written in easy-to-understand language, the encyclopedia explains the importance of mathematics to society and includes summaries of notable events throughout history related to the subject.
Featuring more than 800 cross-referenced entries, the encyclopedia includes six essays, interspersed throughout the text, that discuss the evolution of algebra and equations, calculus, functions, geometry, probability and statistics, and trigonometry. The encyclopedia also includes three helpful appendixes - bibliographies and Web resources, a chronology of notable discoveries in mathematics, and an extensive list of associations that provide information about mathematics - as well as a comprehensive index.
Encyclopedia of Mathematics is an indispensable resource that will meet the specific demands of students, interested laypeople, and professionals who need accurate and straightforward information on historical or current issues in mathematics.

Facts on File
Encyclopedia of Mathematics is a comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia designed for high school through early college students. More than 1,000 entries, numerous essays, and more than 150 photographs and illustrations cover the principal areas and issues that characterize this "new" area of science. In order to provide a well-rounded, completely accessible reference, the author worked closely with teachers of all levels in developing subject material and a sound understanding of mathematical concepts, and on teaching analytical thinking.

This valuable resource unites disparate ideas and provides the meaning, history, context, and relevance behind each one. The easy-to-use format makes finding straightforward and natural answers to questions within arithmetic such as algebra, trigonometry, geometry, probability, combinatorics, numbers, logic, calculus, and statistics simple. Encyclopedia of Mathematics also gives historical context to mathematical concepts, with entries discussing ancient Arabic, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Hindu, and Mayan mathematics, as well as entries providing biographical descriptions of important people in the development of mathematics.

Essay entries include:
  • Arabic mathematics
  • Babylonian mathematics
  • Egyptian mathematics
  • Mayan mathematics
  • Number systems
  • History of calculus
  • History of functions
  • History of geometry
  • History of trigonometry
  • Indian mathematics.
Biographical entries include:
  • Georg Cantor
  • Descartes
  • Euclid
  • Fibonacci
  • Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • David Hilbert
  • Pythagoras
  • Brook Taylor
  • John Von Neumann
  • Zeno of Elea.


Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c2005.
ISBN: 9780816051243
0816051240
Characteristics: viii, 568 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.

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