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- Archimedes: What Did He Do Beside Cry Eureka?
by Sherman Stein
Many people have heard only two things about Archimedes: He was the greatest mathematician of antiquity, and he ran naked from his bath crying, "Eureka, eureka!" Few of us, layperson or mathematician, are familiar with the accomplishments on which his reputation rests. This book answers those questions by describing in detail his astonishing accomplishments: how he developed the theory of the lever and the center of gravity; how he used the center of gravity to study whether a floating object would tip over; how he summed a geometric series and the squares; and how he found the volume and surface area of a sphere. His ability to do so much with so few tools at his disposal is astonishing.
- Calculus Gems: Brief Lives and Memorable Mathematics
by George F. Simmons
Divided into two sections: part A contains 33 short biographies, part B an explication of 26 pieces of 'memorable mathematics'.
- Challenging Mathematical Problems With Elementary Solutions
by A. M. Yaglom, I. M. Yaglom.
- Champions of Mathematics
by John Hudson Tiner
Part of the Champions of Discovery series
- Exploring the World of Mathematics
by John Hudson Tiner
Math doesnít have to be difficult, and John Tiner shows that it can actually be fun. Students of different ages and skill levels can use this fascinating book. Intended as a supplement to a homeschool curriculum, itís more than just a math book. Tracing the history of mathematics principles and theory, it includes stories and tips showing math to be practical for everyday use. It also uses many examples of mathematics from the Bible and explains the timekeeping methods used in biblical times.
- History of Mathematics, A
by Uta C. Merzbach, Carl B. Boyer
College mathematics makes this book a more accessible read. The appendix contains an extensive chronological table of mathematical and general historical developments.
- How Math Works
- Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics
by William W. Dunham.
Explores the ``masterpieces'' of mathematics, seventeen landmarks spanning 2,300 years and representing ten mathematicians. Each of these landmarks, to some degree, changed the way the world was perceived. Each theorem is presented with a description of the state of mathematics at the time, the development of the theorem, a biographical sketch of the mathematician and an outline of the proof with explanation.
- Learning Activities from the History of Mathematics
by Frank J. Swetz.
This J. Weston Walch book includes short biographies of 23 important mathematicians spanning many centuries and cultures. Study questions are included for each account. You'll also find 21 in-depth treatments of a variety of historical problems. Most problems are appropriate for first-year algebra students; some experience in geometry is helpful. In addition there is a brief section on the history of mathematics and resource listings for further study.
- Man Who Counted : A Collection of Mathematical Adventures, The
by Malba Tahan
Here's a delightful little book that combines the joys of mathematical recreation with some fine storytelling. It follows the Arabian adventures of a man with remarkable mathematical skills, which he uses to settle conflict and give wise advice. The tales of his travels involve the solving of mathematical puzzles and sharing insights from the minds of some of history's great mathematicians.
- Mathematical Tourist : New and Updated Snapshots of Modern Mathematics
by Ivars Peterson
- Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians
by Luetta Reimer, Wilbert Reimer
Stories in Volume One focus on moments of mathematical discovery experienced by Thales, Pythagoras, Hypatia, Galileo, Pascal, Germain, and still others. Volume Two dramatizes the lives of Omar Khayyam, Albert Einstein, Ada Lovelace, and others. 15 illustrated vignettes per book introduce students to great mathematicians from various cultures. Grades 3-7 Volume One
- Men of Mathematics
by Eric Temple Bell
- Of Men and Numbers: The Story of the Great Mathematicians
by Jane Muir
Excellent non-technical book on the development of math.
- Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra
by John Derbyshire
For curious nonmathematicians and armchair algebra buffs, John Derbyshire discovers the story behind the formulae, roots, and radicals. As he did so masterfully in Prime Obsession, Derbyshire brings the evolution of mathematical thinking to dramatic life by focusing on the key historical players. Unknown Quantity begins in the time of Abraham and Isaac and moves from Abelís proof to the higher levels of abstraction developed by Galois through modern-day advances. Derbyshire explains how a simple turn of thought from "this plus this equals this" to "this plus what equals this?" gave birth to a whole new way of perceiving the world. With a historianís narrative authority and a beloved teacherís clarity and passion, Derbyshire leads readers on an intellectually satisfying and pleasantly challenging journey through the development of abstract mathematical thought.