What would Newton see if he looked out his bedroom window? This book describes the world around the important mathematicians of the past, and explores the complex interaction between mathematics, mathematicians, and society. It takes the reader on a grand tour of history from the ancient Egyptians to the twentieth century to show how mathematicians and mathematics were affected by the outside world, and at the same time how the outside world was affected by mathematics and mathematicians. Part biography, part mathematics, and part history, this book provides the interested layperson the background to understand mathematics and the history of mathematics, and is suitable for supplemental reading in any history of mathematics course.
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 860 g
Dimensions: 260 x 181 x 27 mm
This is a unique book that helps its readers put the major (and minor) events in the history of mathematics into the context of what else was happening in the world. Suzuki even shows us that many historical figures in mathematics were actors on a larger stage. Not only is the book a worthwhile read, but it will be a constant reference afterwards."" - Victor Katz, Author of A History of Mathematics
""It is a wonderful read that will provide its audience with insights into the effects mathematics had on the world at various times in its history as well as the reciprocal effects world events had on mathematics."" - Mathematical Reviews