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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 accredited and used with hardly ever a moment notion. yet how did this situation come to be?

In this booklet, Leo Corry tells the tale at the back of the belief 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 ecu arithmetic of the center a while and the Renaissance, through the medical revolution, throughout to the math of the 18th to the early twentieth century.

Focusing on either foundational debates and sensible use numbers, and exhibiting how the tale of numbers is in detail associated with that of the belief of equation, this ebook presents a precious perception to numbers for undergraduate scholars, academics, engineers, expert mathematicians, and an individual with an curiosity within the heritage of mathematics.

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