A History of Geometrical Methods (Dover Books on by Julian Lowell Coolidge

By Julian Lowell Coolidge

Full and authoritative, this background of the thoughts for facing geometric questions starts off with man made geometry and its origins in Babylonian and Egyptian arithmetic; studies the contributions of China, Japan, India, and Greece; and discusses the non-Euclidean geometries. next sections disguise algebraic geometry, beginning with the precursors and advancing to the nice awakening with Descartes; and differential geometry, from the early paintings of Huygens and Newton to projective and absolute differential geometry. The author's emphasis on proofs and notations, his comparisons among older and more moderen equipment, and his references to over six hundred basic and secondary resources make this booklet a useful reference. 1940 edition.

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