5000 Years of Geometry: Mathematics in History and Culture by Christoph J. Scriba,Peter Schreiber,Jana Schreiber

By Christoph J. Scriba,Peter Schreiber,Jana Schreiber

The current quantity presents a desirable review of geometrical rules and perceptions from the earliest cultures to the mathematical and inventive techniques of the twentieth century. it's the English translation of the third version of the well-received German booklet “5000 Jahre Geometrie,” within which geometry is gifted as a sequence of advancements in cultural background and their interplay with structure, the visible arts, philosophy, technological know-how and engineering.

Geometry originated within the historical cultures alongside the Indus and Nile Rivers and in Mesopotamia, experiencing its first “Golden Age” in historic Greece. encouraged via the Greek arithmetic, a brand new germ of geometry blossomed within the Islamic civilizations. in the course of the Oriental effect on Spain, this information later unfold to Western Europe. the following, as a part of the medieval Quadrivium, the certainty of geometry used to be deepened, resulting in a revival in the course of the Renaissance. including parallel achievements in India, China, Japan and the traditional American cultures, the ecu methods shaped the information and branches of geometry we all know within the smooth age: coordinate equipment, analytical geometry, descriptive and projective geometry within the seventeenth an 18th centuries, axiom platforms, geometry as a idea with a number of constructions and geometry in machine sciences within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Each bankruptcy of the publication starts off with a desk of key ancient and cultural dates and ends with a precis of crucial contents of geometry within the respective period. Compelling examples invite the reader to additional discover the issues of geometry in historic and glossy times.

The ebook will entice mathematicians attracted to Geometry and to all readers with an curiosity in cultural history.

From letters to the authors for the German language edition

I desire it will get a translation, as there isn't any related work.

Prof. J. Grattan-Guinness (Middlesex college London)

"Five Thousand Years of Geometry" - i feel it's the so much good-looking booklet i've got ever noticeable from Springer and the inclusion of such a lot of colour plates rather improves its visual appeal dramatically!

Prof. J.W. Dauben (City collage of recent York)

An first-class ebook in each appreciate. The authors have effectively mixed the heritage of geometry with the final improvement of tradition and heritage. …

The picture layout is additionally excellent.

Prof. Z. Nádenik (Czech Technical college in Prague)

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