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Change Is Possible: Stories of Women and Minorities in Mathematics by Patricia Clark KenschaftThe role of minority and women mathematicians in developing our American mathematical community is an important but previously under-told story. Pat Kenschaft, in her highly readable and entertaining style, fills this knowledge gap. This valuable book should be in your personal library --Donald G. Saari, University of California, Irvine Kenschaft reveals the passions that motivated past and present mathematicians and the obstacles they overcame to achieve their dreams. Through research and in-depth personal interviews, she has explored the sensitive issues of racism and sexism, rejoicing in positive changes and alerting us to issues that still need our attention. --Claudia Zaslavsky, the author of Africa Counts and other books on equity issues in mathematics education. Based on dozens of interviews and extensive historical research, this entertaining book relates stories about mathematicians who have defied stereotypes. It is spiced with interesting photographs. The five chapters about women provide insight into the nineteenth century, the mid-twentieth century, the early 1970s, the early 1990s, and 2004. Activists in many fields can take heart at the changes. The author documents trends from the rudimentary struggles simply to become professionals, to the freedom to be married without giving up a career entirely, to organizing to eliminate the most flagrant discrimination, to efforts to improve the daily treatment of women in the professional community, to widespread efforts toward true equity. The stories of African Americans in mathematics include that of Benjamin Banneker, an eighteenth century American who had three grandparents born in Africa. Banneker helped design Washington, D.C. and made the computations for almanacs that succeeded Benjamin Franklin's. Next follow stories about other African American mathematicians who were students and faculty in late nineteenth century colleges. Stories of several efforts to integrate the mathematical community in the mid-twentieth century indicate that some were more successful than others, but all were difficult. The book concludes with a happier chapter about five black mathematicians in the early twenty-first century. Five interviews with leading Latino American mathematicians are included, along with a report of a survey of Latino research mathematicians in the Southwest. A skilled story-teller with good stories to tell has produced a page-turner that all mathematicians should read, as well as others concerned with equity --and they will enjoy their reading.
Call Number: Main Circulating Stacks QA10.5 .K46 2005
Call Number: Main Circulating Stacks QA10.7 .A44 2010
ISBN: 9780674046610
Publication Date: 2010-04-30
The European Mathematical Awakening: A Journey Through the History of Mathematics from 1000 to 1800 by Frank J. Swetz (Editor)A global survey of the historyof mathematics, this collectionof 32 articles traces the subject from AD 1000 to 1800. Newlycorrected and updated, the highly readable essays by suchdistinguished educators as Carl Boyer and Morris Kline introducefascinating studies by Fibonacci, Descartes, Cardano,Kepler, Galileo, Pascal, Newton, Euler, and others. Suitablefor readers with no background in math.Reprint of selected material from From Five Fingers to Infinity:A Journey Through the History of Mathematics, Open CourtPublishing Company, Chicago, 1994.
Call Number: Main Circulating Stacks QA27.E85 F76 2013
ISBN: 9780486498058
Publication Date: 2013-04-17
The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Jacqueline StedallMathematics is a fundamental human activity that can be practised and understood in a multitude of ways; indeed, mathematical ideas themselves are far from being fixed, but are adapted and changed by their passage across periods and cultures. In this Very Short Introduction, Jacqueline Stedallexplores the rich historical and cultural diversity of mathematical endeavour from the distant past to the present day.Arranged thematically, to exemplify the varied contexts in which people have learned, used, and handed on mathematics, she also includes illustrative case studies drawn from a range of times and places, including early imperial China, the medieval Islamic world, and nineteenth-centuryBritain.
Call Number: Main Circulating Stacks QA21 .S828 2012
ISBN: 9780199599684
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
How to Read Historical Mathematics by Benjamin WardhaughWritings by early mathematicians feature language and notations that are quite different from what we're familiar with today. Sourcebooks on the history of mathematics provide some guidance, but what has been lacking is a guide tailored to the needs of readers approaching these writings for the first time. How to Read Historical Mathematics fills this gap by introducing readers to the analytical questions historians ask when deciphering historical texts. Sampling actual writings from the history of mathematics, Benjamin Wardhaugh reveals the questions that will unlock the meaning and significance of a given text--Who wrote it, why, and for whom? What was its author's intended meaning? How did it reach its present form? Is it original or a translation? Why is it important today? Wardhaugh teaches readers to think about what the original text might have looked like, to consider where and when it was written, and to formulate questions of their own. Readers pick up new skills with each chapter, and gain the confidence and analytical sophistication needed to tackle virtually any text in the history of mathematics. Introduces readers to the methods of textual analysis used by historians Uses actual source material as examples Features boxed summaries, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading Supplements all major sourcebooks in mathematics history Designed for easy reference Ideal for students and teachers
Call Number: Main Circulating Stacks QA21 .W324 2010
ISBN: 9780691140148
Publication Date: 2010-03-21
The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics by Clifford A. PickoverMath’s infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this follow-up to the best-selling The Science Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient “ant odometers” and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares from centuries ago, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Each topic gets a lavishly illustrated spread with stunning color art, along with formulas and concepts, fascinating facts about scientists’ lives, and real-world applications of the theorems. nbsp;
Call Number: Main Circulating Stacks QA21 .P53 2009
ISBN: 9781402757969
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Mathematics and Its History by John StillwellFrom a review of the second edition: "This book covers many interesting topics not usually covered in a present day undergraduate course, as well as certain basic topics such as the development of the calculus and the solution of polynomial equations. The fact that the topics are introduced in their historical contexts will enable students to better appreciate and understand the mathematical ideas involved...If one constructs a list of topics central to a history course, then they would closely resemble those chosen here." (David Parrott, Australian Mathematical Society) This book offers a collection of historical essays detailing a large variety of mathematical disciplines and issues; it's accessible to a broad audience. This third edition includes new chapters on simple groups and new sections on alternating groups and the Poincare conjecture. Many more exercises have been added as well as commentary that helps place the exercises in context.
Call Number: Main Circulating Stacks QA21 .S84 2010
ISBN: 9781441960528
Publication Date: 2010-08-02
Women in Mathematics: Celebrating the Centennial of the Mathematical Association of America by Janet L. Beery (Editor); Sarah J. Greenwald (Editor); Jacqueline A. Jensen-Vallin (Editor); Maura B. Mast (Editor)This collection of refereed papers celebrates the contributions, achievements, and progress of female mathematicians, mostly in the 20th and 21st centuries. Emerging from the themed paper session "The Contributions of Women to Mathematics: 100 Years and Counting" at MAA's 2015 MathFest, this volume contains a diverse mix of current scholarship and exposition on women and mathematics, including biographies, histories, and cultural discussions. The multiplicity of authors also ensures a wide variety of perspectives. In inspiring and informative chapters, the authors featured in this volume reflect on the accomplishments of women in mathematics, showcasing the changes in mathematical culture that resulted as more women obtained tenure-track and tenured academic positions, received prestigious awards and honors, served in leadership roles in professional societies, and became more visibly active in the mathematical community. Readers will find discussions of mathematical excellence at Girton College, Cambridge, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; of perseverance by Polish women in mathematics during and after World War II and by Black women in mathematics in the United States from the 1880s onward; and of the impact of outreach programs ranging from EDGE's promotion of graduate education to the Daughters of Hypatia dance performances. The volume also provides informative biographies of a variety of women from mathematics and statistics, many of them well-known and others less well-known, including Charlotte Angas Scott, Emmy Noether, Mina Rees, Gertrude Cox, Euphemia Lofton Haynes, Norma Hernandez, Deborah Tepper Haimo, and Teri Perl.These essays provide compelling reading for a wide audience, including mathematicians, historians of science, teachers of mathematics, and students at the high school, college, and graduate levels. Anyone interested in attracting more girls and women as students, faculty, and/or employees will also find this volume engaging and enlightening.
Call Number: Main Circulating Stacks QA27.5 .W65 2017