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8 edition of Unknown Quantity found in the catalog.

Unknown Quantity

A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra

by John Derbyshire

  • 117 Want to read
  • 17 Currently reading

Published by Plume .
Written in English


The Physical Object
Number of Pages416
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7591262M
ISBN 100452288533
ISBN 109780452288539
OCLC/WorldCa152626390


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Perfect for history buffs and armchair algebra experts, Unknown Quantity tells the story of the development of abstract mathematical thought. John Derbyshire discovers the story behind the formulae, roots, and radicals.

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Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra/5(61). Unknown Quantity is an interesting book about the history of algebra, but I think its major failing is that it concentrates sufficiently heavily on the mathematics that it's hard to read sections if you aren't already knowledgeable about them/5.

About Unknown Quantity. Perfect for history buffs and armchair algebra experts, Unknown Quantity tells the story of the development of abstract mathematical thought. John Derbyshire discovers the story behind the formulae, roots, and radicals. As he did so masterfully in Prime Obsession, Derbyshire brings the evolution of mathematical thinking to dramatic life by focusing on the key historical.

The Unknown Quantity book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Unknown Quantity was published in hardback in May by Joseph Henry Press of Washington D.C. Various other editions and translations have subsequently been published.

The book is a history of algebra, aimed at a general (i.e. not particularly mathematical) readership. It is a historical survey, with just as much math as the reader will need in order to follow the main lines of development.