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This Very Short Introduction explores the rich historical and cultural diversity of mathematical practice, ranging from the distant past to the present. Historian Jacqueline Stedall shows that mathematical ideas are far from being fixed, but are adapted and changed by their passage across periods and cultures. The book illuminates some of the varied contexts in which people have learned, used, and handed on mathematics, drawing on fascinating case studies from a range of times and places, including early imperial China, the medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-century Britain. By drawing out some common threads, Stedall provides an introduction not only to the mathematics of the past but to the history of mathematics as a modern academic discipline.
The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are all intimately connected with the mysterious number e. In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number. Designed for a reader with only a modest background in mathematics, this biography of e brings out that number’s central importance in mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.
These books are specially written for students who are pursuing diploma in accountancy and other professional courses like finance, business studies, business administration and commerce. Business practitioners may also find this book useful. Additional questions and examples to each chapter have been incorporated to enhance understanding of the concepts discussed.
This text is a study of limits and continuity, and is designed to supplement standard calculus texts. It discusses limits and continuity in several different ways, since students gain understanding through comparison.
Continuity of a function and limit of a sequence are introduced before limit of a function. It is hoped that the student will gain momentum while studying these easier concepts so that when he reaches the difficult concepts of deleted neighborhood, limit point, and limit of a function, he will not lose sight of the simple pattern underlying the limit.