Montucla's legacy: The history of the exact sciences
- Beating out the shape of a drum. Stewart, Ian // New Scientist;6/13/92, Vol. 134 Issue 1825, p26
Looks back at what information about a shape mathematicians could infer from the basic list of frequencies at which it vibrates. The ancient Greeks; Jean Le Rond d'Alembert's work in 1746; Toshikazu Sunada's work in 1985.
- ROBERT WOODHOUSE AND THE EVOLUTION OF CAMBRIDGE MATHEMATICS. Phillips, Christopher // History of Science;Mar2006, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p69
The article discusses the life of British mathematician Robert Woodhouse. During the lifetime of Robert, he was characterized as the nadir of British mathematics. According to the author traces Robert's shift from a researcher in mathematics into an influential mathematician at Cambridge...
- Heath, Thomas Little (1861 - 1940). // Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography;2005, p1
English civil servant and historian of the ancient Greek mathematicians. For his considerable services to the Treasury Office he was knighted; nevertheless he received no little acclaim for his historical worksâ€”he became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1912, and of the Royal Academy in...
- Three Wishes for the World. Whitehouse, Harvey // Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical & Mathematical History;2013, Vol. 4 Issue 2, preceding p281
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- How our methods of writing algebra have evolved: A thread through history. Oliver, Jack // Australian Senior Mathematics Journal;2007, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p12
The article discusses the history of algebraic language. Arithmetic expressions inscribed in various artifacts recovered from Russia, Babylon and Greece are presented. Diophantus of Alexandria, a third century Greek mathematician, introduced an algebraic symbolism using an abbreviation of the...
- THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE INVERSE SQUARE LAW: (2) THE USE AND NON-USE OF MATHEMATICS. Gal, Ofer; Chen-Morris, Raz // History of Science;Mar2006, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p49
The article discusses certain aspects of the archeology of the inverse square law. Both first and second part had examined the transformation of the inverse square ratio from its origins in a metaphysical image. It is further noted that the notion of force acting at a distance to effect motion...
- An Analysis of Nonpositional Numeral Systems. Hollings, Christoher // Mathematical Intelligencer;Spring2009, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p15
The article discusses the history of numerical notations. According to the author, the numeration systems were classified into two, the positional and nonpositional. The most common throughout history is the nonpositional numerical notations which were characterized by the feature wherein the...
- Looking at History through Mathematics (Book). Miller, David W. // Management Science;Oct68, Vol. 15 Issue 2, pB-115
The article reviews the book "Looking at History Through Mathematics," by Nicolas Rashevsky.
- The history of mathematics as a pedagogical tool: Teaching the integral of the secant via Mercator's projection. Haverhals, Nick; Roscoe, Matt // Montana Mathematics Enthusiast;2010, Vol. 7 Issue 2/3, p339
This article explores the use of the history of mathematics as a pedagogical tool for the teaching and learning of mathematics. In particular, we draw on the mathematically pedigreed but misunderstood development of the Mercator projection and its connection to the integral of the secant...