Short description With an emphasis on the history of mathematics, this book offers a well-written introduction to number theory and calculus and presents numerous applications throughout to illustrate the accessibility and practicality of the topic. It features numerous figures and diagrams and hundreds of worked examples and exercises--and includes six chapters that allow for a flexible format for a one-semester course or complete coverage for a two-semester course.
From the contents Preface xi
PART I MATHEMATICS IN HISTORY
1 The Ancient Roots of Mathematics 3
1.1 Introduction 3
1.2 Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt 7
1.3 Early Greek Mathematics: The First Theorists 20
1.4 The Apex: Third Century Hellenistic Mathematics 42