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 evaluate of geometrical principles and perceptions from the earliest cultures to the mathematical and inventive recommendations of the twentieth century. it's the English translation of the third version of the well-received German ebook “5000 Jahre Geometrie,” within which geometry is gifted as a sequence of advancements in cultural heritage and their interplay with structure, the visible arts, philosophy, technology and engineering.

Geometry originated within the old cultures alongside the Indus and Nile Rivers and in Mesopotamia, experiencing its first “Golden Age” in historical Greece. encouraged by way of the Greek arithmetic, a brand new germ of geometry blossomed within the Islamic civilizations. throughout the Oriental impact on Spain, this information later unfold to Western Europe. right here, as a part of the medieval Quadrivium, the certainty of geometry was once deepened, resulting in a revival through the Renaissance. including parallel achievements in India, China, Japan and the traditional American cultures, the ecu ways shaped the guidelines and branches of geometry we all know within the glossy age: coordinate equipment, analytical geometry, descriptive and projective geometry within the seventeenth an 18th centuries, axiom structures, geometry as a idea with a number of constructions and geometry in laptop sciences within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Each bankruptcy of the publication begins with a desk of key old and cultural dates and ends with a precis of crucial contents of geometry within the respective period. Compelling examples invite the reader to extra discover the issues of geometry in historical and smooth 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 wish it will get a translation, as there is not any related work.

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

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

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

An first-class e-book in each recognize. The authors have effectively mixed the background of geometry with the overall improvement of tradition and historical past. …

The picture layout can be excellent.

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

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