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Episodes in the Mathematics of Medieval Islam


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Preface.- 1. Introduction.- 2. Islamic Arithmetic.- 3. Geometrical Constructions in the Islamic World.- 4. Algebra in Islam.- 5. Trigonometry in the Islamic World.- 6. Spherics in the Islamic World.- Index.


"The book remains unique for its breadth and accessibility. The release of a second edition has given the author the opportunity to address two significant omissions from the original. ... Students and teachers, even those who have already read the first edition, will be rewarded by another visit." (Glen Van Brummelen, zbMATH 1376.01001, 2018)
"A very fine book, not only for students of mathematics with a liberal arts interest in the history of their field, but also for those whose primary interest is medieval Islamic culture; here they may find a very accessible introduction to an aspect of this culture which Arabist scholars normally know by name only and whose substance they leave to historians of mathematics." (Lens Hcyrup, Mathematical Reviews, September, 2017)

"This informative and dynamic book gives historical highlights of Islamic mathematical works from medieval times and their influence on the mathematics of western Europe. ... The text will be of interest to both beginning students and readers with a strong mathematical background. Each chapter has its own bibliography-these entries number around 90. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers." (D. P. Turner, Choice, Vol. 55 (1), September, 2017)
"Berggren's descriptions of the mathematics in each section are thorough and helpful. He typically situates the work in question in its historical context and explains possible points of confusion as he walks the reader through the steps. ... Berggren has done a fine job of updating and expanding his 1985 classic. Now others among us need to begin in writing for a wider audience too." (Jeffrey A. Oaks, Nazariyat, Vol. 4 (1), 2017)

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