Excursions in the history of mathematics
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 Israel Kleiner.
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 New York : Springer, ©2012.
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 1 online resource (xxi, 347 pages) : portraits
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Creators/Contributors
 Author/Creator
 Kleiner, Israel.
Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references and index.
 Contents

 A. Number Theory
 1. Highlights in the History of Number Theory: 1700 BC
 2008
 2. Fermat: The Founder of Modern Number Theory
 3. Fermat's Last Theorem: From Fermat to Wiles
 B. Calculus/Analysis
 4. A History of the Infinitely Small and the Infinitely Large in Calculus, with Remarks for the Teacher
 5. A Brief History of the Function Concept
 6. More on the History of Functions, Including Remarks on Teaching
 C. Proof
 7. Highlights in the Practice of Proof: 1600 BC
 2009
 8. Paradoxes: What are they Good for?
 9. Principle of Continuity: 16th
 19th centuries
 10. Proof: A ManySplendored Thing
 D. Courses Inspired by History
 11. Numbers as a Source of Mathematical Ideas
 12. History of Complex Numbers, with a Moral for Teachers
 13. A HistoryofMathematics Course for Teachers, Based on Great Quotations
 14. Famous Problems in Mathematics
 E. Brief Biographies of Selected Mathematicians
 15. The Biographies
 Index.
 Summary
 This book comprises five parts. The first three contain ten historical essays on important topics: number theory, calculus/analysis, and proof, respectively. Part four deals with several historically oriented courses, and Part five provides biographies of five mathematicians who played major roles in the historical events described in the first four parts of the work. Each of the first three partson number theory, calculus/analysis, and proofbegins with a survey of the respective subject and is followed in more depth by specialized themes. Among the specialized themes are: Fermat as the founder of modern number theory, Fermat's Last Theorem from Fermat to Wiles, the history of the function concept, paradoxes, the principle of continuity, and an historical perspective on recent debates about proof. The fourth part contains essays describing mathematics courses inspired by history. The essays deal with numbers as a source of ideas in teaching, with famous problems, and with the stories behind various "great" quotations. The last part gives an account of five mathematiciansDedekind, Euler, Gauss, Hilbert, and Weierstrasswhose lives and work we hope readers will find inspiring. Key features of the work include: * A preface describing in some detail the author's ideas on teaching mathematics courses, in particular, the role of history in such courses; * Explicit comments and suggestions for teachers on how history can affect the teaching of mathematics; * A description of a course in the history of mathematics taught in an InService Master's Program for high school teachers; * Inclusion of issues in the philosophy of mathematics; * An extensive list of relevant references at the end of each chapter. Excursions in the History of Mathematics was written with several goals in mind: to arouse mathematics teachers' interest in the history of their subject; to encourage mathematics teachers with at least some knowledge of the history of mathematics to offer courses with a strong historical component; and to provide an historical perspective on a number of basic topics taught in mathematics courses
Subjects
 Subjects
 Mathematics > History.
 Mathematics > history
 mathematics and statistics.
 Mathématiques > Histoire.
 Matemáticas > Historia
 Mathematics
 Genre
 History
Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 2012
 ISBN
 9780817682682 (electronic bk.)
 0817682686 (electronic bk.)
 9780817682675