By Christoph J. Scriba,Peter Schreiber,Jana Schreiber
The current quantity offers a desirable evaluate of geometrical rules and perceptions from the earliest cultures to the mathematical and inventive ideas of the 20 th century. it's the English translation of the third version of the well-received German booklet “5000 Jahre Geometrie,” during which geometry is gifted as a sequence of advancements in cultural historical past and their interplay with structure, the visible arts, philosophy, technology and engineering.
Geometry originated within the old cultures alongside the Indus and Nile Rivers and in Mesopotamia, experiencing its first “Golden Age” in historic Greece. encouraged through the Greek arithmetic, a brand new germ of geometry blossomed within the Islamic civilizations. throughout the Oriental impact on Spain, this data later unfold to Western Europe. right here, as a part of the medieval Quadrivium, the knowledge of geometry was once deepened, resulting in a revival through the Renaissance. including parallel achievements in India, China, Japan and the traditional American cultures, the eu ways shaped the guidelines and branches of geometry we all know within the smooth age: coordinate equipment, analytical geometry, descriptive and projective geometry within the seventeenth an 18th centuries, axiom platforms, geometry as a thought with a number of constructions and geometry in desktop sciences within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Each bankruptcy of the publication begins with a desk of key old and cultural dates and ends with a precis of crucial contents of geometry within the respective period. Compelling examples invite the reader to additional discover the issues of geometry in old and glossy times.
The booklet will attract mathematicians drawn to Geometry and to all readers with an curiosity in cultural history.
From letters to the authors for the German language edition
I wish it will get a translation, as there isn't any related work.
Prof. J. Grattan-Guinness (Middlesex college London)
"Five Thousand Years of Geometry" - i believe it's the such a lot good-looking e-book i've got ever visible from Springer and the inclusion of such a lot of colour plates particularly improves its visual appeal dramatically!
Prof. J.W. Dauben (City collage of recent York)
An first-class booklet in each appreciate. The authors have effectively mixed the background of geometry with the final improvement of tradition and historical past. …
The image layout is usually excellent.
Prof. Z. Nádenik (Czech Technical collage in Prague)
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