A brief history of numbers

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The world around us is saturated with numbers. They are a fundamental pillar of our modern society, and accepted and used with hardly a second thought. But how did this state of affairs come to be? In this book, Leo Corry tells the story behind the idea of number from the early days of the Pythagoreans, up until the turn of the twentieth century. He presents an overview of how numbers were handled and conceived in classical Greek mathematics, in the mathematics of Islam, in European mathematics of the middle ages and the Renaissance, during the scientific revolution, all the way through to the early 20th century and the inauguration of the modern idea of numbers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom; New York, NY
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages309
ISBN (Electronic)0191007064, 0191007072, 0198702590, 9780191007064, 9780191007071, 9780198702597
ISBN (Print)9780198702597, 0198702590
StatePublished - 2015


  • Number theory -- History
  • תורת המספרים -- היסטוריה

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Mathematics -- History
  • Number theory -- History


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