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Author Derbyshire, John.
Title Unknown quantity : a real and imaginary history of algebra / John Derbyshire.
Publication Info. Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, c2006.
Open Library Cover
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Description viii, 374 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Math Primer: Numbers and Polynomials -- The Unknown Quantity -- Four Thousand Years Ago -- The Father of Algebra -- Completion and Reduction -- Math Primer: Cubic and Quartic Equations -- Commerce and Competition -- Relief for the Imagination -- Universal Arithmetic -- The Lion's Claw -- Math Primer: Roots of Unity -- The Assault on the Quintic -- Math Primer: Vector Spaces and Algebras -- The Leap into the Fourth Dimension -- An Oblong Arrangement of Terms -- Victoria's Brumous Isles -- Levels of Abstraction Math Primer: Field Theory -- Pistols at Dawn -- Lady of the Rings -- Math Primer: Algebraic Geometry -- Geometry Makes a Comeback -- Algebraic This, Algebraic That -- From Universal Arithmetic to Universal Algebra.
Subject Algebra -- History.
Equations -- History.
Algebra, Universal -- History.
Algebra, Abstract -- History.
Geometry, Algebraic -- History.
Added Title Real and imaginary history of algebra
History of algebra
ISBN 030909657X (hardback : alk. paper)
Standard No. 9780309096577