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The Crest of the Peacock By George Ghevarghese Joseph

The Crest of the Peacock by George Ghevarghese Joseph

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Summary

An examination of systems of mathematics other than the Greek and Arabic tradition. Vedic, Islamic, Chinese, Persian and African traditions are covered together with examples of how particular calculations would have been performed.

The Crest of the Peacock Summary

The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics by George Ghevarghese Joseph

Most westerners are unaware of the heritage of non-Western mathematics. This book suggests that humans everywhere have been capable of advanced and innovative mathematical thinking. The Greeks were influenced by the Egyptians and Babylonians; the Arabs made a major creative contribution; and the great civilizations of India and China have a range of successes to their credit. Beginning with the Ishango Bone of central Africa and the Inca quipu of South America, the book continues to the dawn of modern mathematics, questioning familiar assumptions and enlarging the meaning of mathematics.

Table of Contents

The history of mathematics - alternative perspectives; mathematics from bones, strings, and standing stones; the beginnings of written mathematics - Egypt; the beginnings of written mathematics - Babylonia; Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics - an assessment; special topics in Chinese mathematics; ancient Indian mathematics; Indian mathematics - the classical period and after; prelude to modern mathematics - the Arab contribution.

Additional information

GOR004288568
9780140277784
0140277781
The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics by George Ghevarghese Joseph
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
20000706
480
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