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History of Mathematics book

  1. Jul 22, 2010 #1
    I was wanting to learn about the development of mathematics and the mathematicians who helped with it. I was wondering if anyone knew of any book that was particularly well written and included a lot of information. Also, if it could go into detail about the mathematicians responsible for the development of Algebra and Differential Geometry, in particular, that would be a huge help. Thanks.
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  3. Jul 22, 2010 #2
    Men of Mathematics by E.T. Bell (2 volumes). I think these are the most authoritative and most oft quoted history-of-math books. They are awesome reads as well :D
  4. Jul 23, 2010 #3


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    I like Stillwell's "Mathematics and Its History" as it has more mathematics in it than other math history books I've encountered.
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