I am interested in learning math from a historical perspective. Starting with euclid and working myself up to descartes. I am thinking of a reading list to use and this is what I think I will use. I have taken math classes all the way up to calc 2 so I am not an expert and I am doing this just as side project.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

1.Euclid Elements

2.The works of archimedes

3. Apollonious Conic sections

4. Diophantus Arithmetica

5. Fibbionaci Libri abbaci and his book on squares

6.Ars Magna

7. The geometry of Rene Descartes

And obviously some book on trigonometry.

The only thing is that while some of these books are cheap older historical books are difficult to find and may not be translated into english and I dislike reading books online I do not know why.

What I need is a website to find old books.

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# Learning math from a historical perspective?

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