By Christoph J. Scriba,Peter Schreiber,Jana Schreiber
The current quantity offers a desirable review of geometrical principles and perceptions from the earliest cultures to the mathematical and creative suggestions of the twentieth century. it's the English translation of the third variation of the well-received German booklet “5000 Jahre Geometrie,” within which geometry is gifted as a series of advancements in cultural background and their interplay with structure, the visible arts, philosophy, technological know-how and engineering.
Geometry originated within the historic cultures alongside the Indus and Nile Rivers and in Mesopotamia, experiencing its first “Golden Age” in historic Greece. encouraged through the Greek arithmetic, a brand new germ of geometry blossomed within the Islamic civilizations. during the Oriental impact on Spain, this information later unfold to Western Europe. right here, as a part of the medieval Quadrivium, the knowledge of geometry used to be deepened, resulting in a revival throughout the Renaissance. including parallel achievements in India, China, Japan and the traditional American cultures, the ecu techniques shaped the information and branches of geometry we all know within the smooth age: coordinate tools, analytical geometry, descriptive and projective geometry within the seventeenth an 18th centuries, axiom structures, geometry as a concept with a number of constructions and geometry in machine sciences within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Each bankruptcy of the ebook begins with a desk of key ancient and cultural dates and ends with a precis of crucial contents of geometry within the respective period. Compelling examples invite the reader to extra discover the issues of geometry in historical and sleek times.
The booklet will entice mathematicians attracted to Geometry and to all readers with an curiosity in cultural history.
From letters to the authors for the German language edition
I desire it will get a translation, as there is not any similar work.
Prof. J. Grattan-Guinness (Middlesex collage London)
"Five Thousand Years of Geometry" - i feel it's the such a lot good-looking ebook i've got ever visible from Springer and the inclusion of such a lot of colour plates rather improves its visual appeal dramatically!
Prof. J.W. Dauben (City college of recent York)
An first-class booklet in each admire. The authors have effectively mixed the historical past of geometry with the overall improvement of tradition and background. …
The photograph layout is additionally excellent.
Prof. Z. Nádenik (Czech Technical collage in Prague)