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By Leo Corry

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

In this booklet, Leo Corry tells the tale in the back of the assumption of quantity from the early days of the Pythagoreans, up till the flip of the 20th century. He provides an summary of the way numbers have been dealt with and conceived in classical Greek arithmetic, within the arithmetic of Islam, in eu arithmetic of the center a long time and the Renaissance, through the clinical revolution, all through to the math of the 18th to the early twentieth century.

Focusing on either foundational debates and functional use numbers, and displaying how the tale of numbers is in detail associated with that of the belief of equation, this ebook presents a beneficial perception to numbers for undergraduate scholars, lecturers, engineers, specialist mathematicians, and somebody with an curiosity within the heritage of mathematics.

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