This excellent book on the history of mathematics describes the evolution of mathematics from Babylon, through time and across most of the important Eastern and Western cultures and civilizations, up to the modern era. The way of thinking and diligence, and the achievements and heritage of Greek mathematics are covered in detail. The development of Chinese and Islamic mathematics and their influence on European mathematics are studied in detail as well. Early Western mathematics (Middle Age, Renaissance) is presented only in a global context of scientific revolution. The leading figures in mathematics and its history (Galileo, Newton, Leibniz, Helmholtz, Hilbert and many others) are introduced with their mathematical achievements, results and theories. The history of modern mathematical disciplines (including computer science, topology and category, chaos and fractals) and the story of the solution of Fermat's Last Theorem are also included. The author briefly and clearly explains mathematical methods, theories and algorithms of respective fields of mathematics. It is a pity that no attention is given to mathematics in Egypt and Japan.

The book contains more than 100 illustrations, pictures and figures, and many exercises (with solutions). An extensive bibliography with cross-references will be very helpful for students and readers. The book will be interesting for undergraduate and postgraduate students of mathematics and other readers interested in the history and philosophy of mathematics.

Reviewer:

mbec