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 offers a desirable evaluate of geometrical principles and perceptions from the earliest cultures to the mathematical and creative techniques of the 20 th century. it's the English translation of the third variation of the well-received German publication “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 historical cultures alongside the Indus and Nile Rivers and in Mesopotamia, experiencing its first “Golden Age” in historic Greece. encouraged by way of the Greek arithmetic, a brand new germ of geometry blossomed within the Islamic civilizations. during the Oriental effect on Spain, this data later unfold to Western Europe. the following, as a part of the medieval Quadrivium, the certainty of geometry was once deepened, resulting in a revival throughout the Renaissance. including parallel achievements in India, China, Japan and the traditional American cultures, the eu ways shaped the guidelines and branches of geometry we all know within the smooth age: coordinate tools, analytical geometry, descriptive and projective geometry within the seventeenth an 18th centuries, axiom structures, geometry as a thought with a number of buildings and geometry in machine sciences within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Each bankruptcy of the ebook starts off 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 sleek times.

The e-book will attract mathematicians drawn 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's no related work.

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

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

Prof. J.W. Dauben (City college 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 usually excellent.

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

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