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Calculus & Its Origins is an summary of calculus as an highbrow pursuit having a 2,000-year history.

Author David Perkins examines the level to which mathematicians and students from Egypt, Persia, and India absorbed and nourished Greek geometry, and information how the students wove their inquiries right into a unified theory.

Chapters disguise the tale of Archimedes discovery of the world of a parabolic phase; ibn Al-Haytham s calculation of the quantity of a revolved quarter; Jyesthadeva s rationalization of the limitless sequence for sine and cosine; Wallis s deduction of the hyperlink among hyperbolas and logarithms; Newton s generalization of the binomial theorem; Leibniz s discovery of integration through parts--and a lot more.

Each bankruptcy additionally includes workouts by means of such mathematical luminaries as Pascal, Maclaurin, Barrow, Cauchy, and Euler. Requiring just a simple wisdom of geometry and algebra--similar triangles, polynomials, factoring--and a willingness to regard the limitless as metaphor--Calculus & Its Origins is a treasure of the human mind, pearls strung jointly via mathematicians throughout cultures and centuries.

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Calculus & Its Origins is an summary of calculus as an highbrow pursuit having a 2,000-year history.

Author David Perkins examines the level to which mathematicians and students from Egypt, Persia, and India absorbed and nourished Greek geometry, and information how the students wove their inquiries right into a unified theory.

Chapters hide the tale of Archimedes discovery of the world of a parabolic section; ibn Al-Haytham s calculation of the amount of a revolved sector; Jyesthadeva s clarification of the countless sequence for sine and cosine; Wallis s deduction of the hyperlink among hyperbolas and logarithms; Newton s generalization of the binomial theorem; Leibniz s discovery of integration by way of parts--and a lot more.

Each bankruptcy additionally comprises workouts by way of such mathematical luminaries as Pascal, Maclaurin, Barrow, Cauchy, and Euler. Requiring just a uncomplicated wisdom of geometry and algebra--similar triangles, polynomials, factoring--and a willingness to regard the countless as metaphor--Calculus & Its Origins is a treasure of the human mind, pearls strung jointly by way of mathematicians throughout cultures and centuries.

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Here we look at his reflections on pairs of series that grow at different rates. Oresme claimed that if we subtract a part of a quantity from itself and repeatedly subtract the same proportion of what remains from the remainders themselves, then the entirety of the quantity will be exactly consumed. Using modern notation, let Q denote the quantity, and suppose that we remove 1=n part of Q, leaving  à 1 1 Q Q; or Q 1 : n n Removing another 1=n part of this remainder leaves  Q 1 1 n à  1 Q 1 n à 1 ; n or  Q 1 1 n Ã2 : Oresme claimed that this process will ultimately deplete Q exactly, or  à  à 1 1 1 1 1 2 QC Q 1 C Q 1 C n n n n n # "  à  à 1 1 1 2 D Q 1C 1 C 1 C n n n QD in symbols.

In turn, their discoveries found their way west as scholars traveled and translated. Greece gave India the gift of geometry, and India gave the same gift back multiplied in value. A book written by Jyesthadeva (born c. 1500), for example, contains a sum that introduces yet another wonderful interaction between geometry and the infinite. 2 Jyesthadeva’s proof relied on a preliminary result that is itself an elegant blend of geometry and the infinite. He began with the identity 1 D1 1Cx x  1 1Cx à ; which can be checked by simplifying the right-hand side.

Although the rates differ, then, the quantity cannot escape its fate; it is consumed either way. 4. 3 Descartes corrects Fermat’s method. In taking issue with Fermat’s methods described in this chapter, Descartes wrote a letter (to a third party) in which he hoped to repair the methods. 8. Today we would describe curve ABD using x D y 3 . 14) (b) Line HBD is not tangent to the curve, but if we allow DF to slide left until it is superimposed on BC (which, it is worth noting, would slide H closer to A), then the new line HB would be tangent.

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