• Would you like to include some history in your math classes, but don’t want to search through those big math history texts?
• Would you like to teach a math history course in your high school, but don’t have time to put one together?
• Would you like your students to do projects relating math to social studies and the arts, but don’t know where to start?
In either case, this book is for you!
Compact, easy to read, and economical, it is ideal as
Math through the Ages comes in two versions (see the pictures at right):
The original Second Edition is a 272-
The Expanded 2nd Edition, co-
• Where did math come from?
• Who thought up all those algebra symbols, and why?
• What’s the story behind π ?
• How did the ancient Egyptians write numbers?
• What did the Arabs contribute to mathematics?
• What’s the metric system?
• Who thought up sine and cosine?
• Who invented the first computers?
The main section of this book consists of 30 “sketches”—bite-
The “big picture” is in a 58-
Complex Chinese by Wu-
Portuguese by Editora Blucher, São Paulo, Brazil (www.blucher.com.br)
Slovenian by Modrijan založba, Ljubljana, Slovenia (www.modrijan.si)
Math through the Ages
Second Edition, revised and enlarged
Five more historical Sketches have been added: (See the Contents page for what they are.) Also added is When They Lived, a listing before the Bibliography to replace the birth/death dates that had appeared intrusively throughout the text of the first edition.
What’s the Same...
Mindful of the many college professors whose courses have been built, at least in part, around the first edition, Sketches 1 – 25 have remained substantially the same. Parts of some have been reworked a bit, but all their “story lines” are unchanged, so they are still compatible with the Questions and Projects of the First Expanded Edition.
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“Math through the Ages is a treasure, one of the best history of math books at its level ever written. Somehow, it manages to stay true to a surprisingly sophisticated story, while respecting the needs of its audience. Its overview of the subject captures most of what one needs to know, and the 30 sketches are small gems of exposition that stimulate further exploration.”
Glen Van Brummelen, Quest University
Canadian Society for History & Philosophy of Mathematics
“Mathematics describes the world, and its history connects us to it through time. Math through the Ages brings this story to anyone who wants to sit back and enjoy the tale as told by two superb storytellers. Always lighthearted yet succinct, Berlinghoff and Gouvêa’s style is comfortable and their message is clear: the history of mathematics is accessible to anyone.”
Program Director, MAA History of Mathematics Special Interest Group
Oops! Second Edition,
first printing errata
p. 193, l. 5– should begin: “At first, the tangent was not a part of trigonometry.”
p. 200, l. 2–: giT should be giS.
The Expanded Second Edition adds two pages of Questions and Projects to each Sketch and 27 detailed Project ideas at the end of the overview. A 120-
Course adoptions: 48 and counting!
So far, 48 colleges and universities in 29 states and provinces have adopted the Second Edition of Math through the Ages as a course text.
NOTE: This Expanded Second Edition
is now published exclusively by the Mathematical Association of America;
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