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Number Theory: An Approach Through History from Hammurapi to Legendre (Modern Birkhuser Classics)

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Number Theory or arithmetic, as some prefer to call it, is the oldest, purest, liveliest, most elementary yet sophisticated field of mathematics. It is no coincidence that the fundamental science of numbers has come to be known as the "Queen of Mathematics." Indeed some of the most complex conventions of the mathematical mind have evolved from the study of basic problems of number theory. André Weil, one of the outstanding contributors to number theory, has written an historical exposition of this subject; his study examines texts that span roughly thirty-six centuries of arithmetical work — from an Old Babylonian tablet, datable to the time of Hammurapi to Legendre's Essai sur la Théorie des Nombres (1798). Motivated by a desire to present the substance of his field to the educated reader, Weil employs an historical approach in the analysis of problems and evolving methods of number theory and their significance within mathematics. In the course of his study Weil accompanies the reader into the workshops of four major authors of modern number theory (Fermat, Euler, Lagrange and Legendre) and there he conducts a detailed and critical examination of their work. Enriched by a broad coverage of intellectual history, Number Theory represents a major contribution to the understanding of our cultural heritage. ----- A very unusual book combining thorough philological exactness, keen observation, apt comments of the essential points, picturesque fantasy, enthusiastic love of the subject, and brilliant literary style: a romantic novel of documents. It is both number theory and its history in an inseparable oneness, helping us understand the very roots and the first big stage of progress of this discipline. The author, one of the most prominent number theorists...chose to give us a broad perspective of the birth of modern number theory.--Periodica Mathematica Hungaria The volume under review...a discursive, expository, leisurely peek over the shoulders of several great authors in number theory...is perhaps unique in the enthusiasm it has inspired. --Mathematical Reviews

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This book presents a historical overview of number theory. It examines texts that span some 36 centuries, from a Babylonian tablet to the Essai sur la Théorie des Nombres and takes the reader into the workshops of four major authors of modern number theory.

Synopsis:

This book presents a historical overview of number theory. It examines texts that span some thirty-six centuries of arithmetical work, from an Old Babylonian tablet to Legendre's Essai sur la Théorie des Nombres, written in 1798. Coverage employs a historical approach in the analysis of problems and evolving methods of number theory and their significance within mathematics. The book also takes the reader into the workshops of four major authors of modern number theory: Fermat, Euler, Lagrange and Legendre and presents a detailed and critical examination of their work.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Table of illustrations.- Abbreviations, basic references and notations.- Protohistory.- Fermat and his Correspondents.- Euler.- An Age of Transition: Lagrange and Legendre.- Additional bibliography and references.- Index nominum.- Index rerum.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817645656
Author:
Weil, Andre
Publisher:
Birkhauser
Author:
Weil, Andr
Location:
Boston, MA
Subject:
History
Subject:
Number Theory
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Number theory -- History.
Subject:
History of Mathematical Sciences
Subject:
Mathematical Logic and Foundations
Subject:
Popular Science in Mathematics/Computer Science/Natural Science/Technology
Subject:
History of science
Subject:
Mathematics-Number Theory
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
The Arts
Subject:
mathematics and statistics
Subject:
Logic, symbolic and mathematical
Subject:
Science_xHistory
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1987. 2nd Print
Series:
Modern Birkhäuser Classics
Series Volume:
An approach through
Publication Date:
20061222
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 1250 gr

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"Synopsis" by , This book presents a historical overview of number theory. It examines texts that span some 36 centuries, from a Babylonian tablet to the Essai sur la Théorie des Nombres and takes the reader into the workshops of four major authors of modern number theory.
"Synopsis" by , This book presents a historical overview of number theory. It examines texts that span some thirty-six centuries of arithmetical work, from an Old Babylonian tablet to Legendre's Essai sur la Théorie des Nombres, written in 1798. Coverage employs a historical approach in the analysis of problems and evolving methods of number theory and their significance within mathematics. The book also takes the reader into the workshops of four major authors of modern number theory: Fermat, Euler, Lagrange and Legendre and presents a detailed and critical examination of their work.
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