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Grabiner, Judith V
A historian looks back : the calculus as algebra and selected writings / by Judith V. Grabiner
Alternate Title Calculus as algebra and selected writings
[Washington, DC] : Mathematical Association of America, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  QA303.2 .G72 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Calculus -- History
Functional analysis
Mathematics -- History
Subject Lagrange, J. L. (Joseph Louis), 1736-1813
Physical Description xv, 287 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Note "Part I was formerly published as The calculus as algebra: J.-L. Lagrange, 1736-1813 by Garland Publishing, New York, 1990."--P. facing t.p
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents The calculus as algebra -- The mathematician, the historian, and the history of mathematics -- Who gave you the epsilon? Cauchy and the origins of rigorous calculus -- The changing concept of change: the derivative from Fermat to Weierstrass -- The centrality of mathematics in the history of western thought -- Descartes and problem-solving -- The calculus as algebra, the calculus as geometry: Lagrange, Maclaurin, and their legacy -- Was Newton's calculus a dead end? the continental influence of Maclaurin's treatise of fluxions -- Newton, Maclaurin, and the authority of mathematics -- Why should historical truth matter to mathematicians? dispelling myths while promoting maths -- Why did Lagrange "prove" the parallel postulate?
Series MAA spectrum

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