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  1. History of Analytic Geometry (Dover Books on Mathematics)
    History of Analytic Geometry (Dover Books on Mathematics)
    History of Analytic Geometry (Dover Books on Mathematics)
    History of Analytic Geometry (Dover Books on Mathematics)
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  2. History of Analytic Geometry (Dover Books on Mathematics)

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Specifically designed as an integrated survey of the development of analytic geometry, this classic study takes a unique approach to the history of ideas. The author, a distinguished historian of mathematics, presents a detailed view of not only the concepts themselves, but also the ways in which they extended the work of each generation, from before the Alexandrian Age through the eras of the great French mathematicians Fermat and Descartes, and on through Newton and Euler to the "Golden Age," from 1789 to 1850. Appropriate as an undergraduate text, this history is accessible to any mathematically inclined reader. 1956 edition. Analytical bibliography. Index.

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Carl B. Boyer
Dover Publications
Dover Publications
Dover Publications
Dover Publications
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Analytic geometry is where the maths student first encounters the combining of traditional Euclidean geometry with algebra. A profound mix, though perhaps most students won't appreciate it as such. Boyer shows how, slowly, the necessary ideas in analytic geometry came together. He traces the first stirrings back to the classical era of ancient Greece and Rome. But the greatest step may well have been due to Rene Decartes and his laying down of the x and y grid in two dimensions. Plus, of course, analytic geometry was necessary for the development of calculus, with the concept of a slope.

You probably are already familiar with all of the maths that the book covers. What Boyer offers is an appreciation of the great minds that preceded up and made these achievements.
Covers the subject neatly and rigorously. Good writer, has the rare skill of getting mathematics concepts across cleanly. Everyone I show this book to wants their own copy. So I give them mine and get another.
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