From 700 BCE to CE 1300, thousands of scholars from many different civilizations introduced mathematical ideas that established the foundations of arithmetic, number theory, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, as well as the related sciences of astronomy and physics. Although we know very little about specific individuals who made important mathematical discoveries in Babylonia, Egypt, and China, historians in Arabia, ancient Greece, India, and medieval Italy preserved a more complete record, including the identities of some of the innovators.
The Birth of Mathematics profiles 10 individuals from these four cultures during this time period as representatives of the numerous scholars who contributed to the field of mathematics. Each chapter contains information on the person’s research, discoveries, and contributions to the field and concludes with a list of print and Internet references specific to that individual.
Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Appendixes. Glossary. Chapter-specific further reading. General further reading. Web sites. Index.
About the Author(s)
Michael J. Bradley, Ph.D., earned a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and is currently professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics at Merrimack College. He is the author of An Introduction to Discrete Mathematics and Calculus for Business and has published articles in The College Mathematics Journal and Mathematics Magazine. Bradley has almost 25 years of math teaching, writing, and researching experience at the college level, and for 20 years has taught summer math classes to students in grades 4-12.