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 Title: Making up Numbers: A History of Invention in Mathematics
 Author(s) Ekkehard Kopp
 Publisher: Open Book Publishers (October 15, 2020); eBook (Creative Commons Licensed)
 License(s): CC BY 4.0
 Hardcover/Paperback: 280 pages
 eBook: HTML and PDF
 Language: English
 ISBN10/ASIN: 180064096X
 ISBN13: 9781800640962
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Book Description
This book offers a detailed but accessible account of a wide range of mathematical ideas. Starting with elementary concepts, it leads the reader towards aspects of current mathematical research.
The book explains how conceptual hurdles in the development of numbers and number systems were overcome in the course of history, from Babylon to Classical Greece, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, and so to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The narrative moves from the Pythagorean insistence on positive multiples to the gradual acceptance of negative numbers, irrationals and complex numbers as essential tools in quantitative analysis.
This book will be of great interest to undergraduate and Alevel students of mathematics, as well as secondary school teachers of the subject. In virtue of its detailed treatment of mathematical ideas, it will be of value to anyone seeking to learn more about the development of the subject.
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