Subject(s) 
Calculus  History


Functional analysis


Mathematics  History

Subject 
Lagrange, J. L. (Joseph Louis), 17361813

Physical Description 
xv, 287 p. : ill. ; 26 cm 
Note 
"Part I was formerly published as The calculus as algebra: J.L. Lagrange, 17361813 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 problemsolving  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

