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History of Mathematics, Vol. I

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Volume 1 of a two-volume history — from Egyptian papyri and medieval maps to modern graphs and diagrams. Non-technical chronological survey with thousands of biographical notes, critical evaluations, contemporary opinions on over 1,100 mathematicians.
Paperback, 618 pages
Published June 1st 1958 by Dover Publications
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This is a GREAT book, though it wasn't exactly what I was expecting when I first bought it.

The book functions like an encyclopedia taking you from person to person and place to place throughout the history of mathematics. It's more of a who's who with a few gems scattered about (I've never forgetten Smith's assessment concerning George of Trebizond: "He was a quarrelsome man, of little honor to science, to letters, or to manners.").

From what I understand Vol. II is more focused on specific advan
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Katherine Loop
An excellent reference book to learn about the history of different mathematical notations.
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David Eugene Smith was an American mathematician, educator, and editor.
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