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The Foundations of Mathematics
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816054258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5425-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 10/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 510.92
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 176


During the 16th and 17th centuries, mathematicians developed a wealth of new ideas but had not carefully employed accurate definitions, proofs, or procedures to document and implement them. However, in the early 19th century, mathematicians began to recognize the need to precisely define their terms, to logically prove even obvious principles, and to use rigorous methods of manipulation. The Foundations of Mathematics presents the lives and accomplishments of 10 mathematicians who contributed to one or more of the four major initiatives that characterized the rapid growth of mathematics during the 19th century: the introduction of rigor, the investigation of the structure of mathematical systems, the development of new branches of mathematics, and the spread of mathematical activity throughout Europe. This new volume communicates the importance and impact of the work of the pioneers who redefined this area of study. 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.

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