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By Christoph J. Scriba,Peter Schreiber,Jana Schreiber

The current quantity presents a desirable assessment of geometrical rules and perceptions from the earliest cultures to the mathematical and creative strategies of the 20 th century. it's the English translation of the third version of the well-received German ebook “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, technology and engineering.

Geometry originated within the historic cultures alongside the Indus and Nile Rivers and in Mesopotamia, experiencing its first “Golden Age” in historical Greece. encouraged by means of the Greek arithmetic, a brand new germ of geometry blossomed within the Islamic civilizations. throughout the Oriental impact on Spain, this information later unfold to Western Europe. the following, as a part of the medieval Quadrivium, the certainty of geometry used to be deepened, resulting in a revival in the course of the Renaissance. including parallel achievements in India, China, Japan and the traditional American cultures, the ecu ways shaped the tips and branches of geometry we all know within the glossy age: coordinate equipment, analytical geometry, descriptive and projective geometry within the seventeenth an 18th centuries, axiom structures, geometry as a concept with a number of buildings and geometry in laptop sciences within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Each bankruptcy of the publication begins with a desk of key old and cultural dates and ends with a precis of crucial contents of geometry within the respective period. Compelling examples invite the reader to additional discover the issues of geometry in historic and sleek times.

The booklet will attract 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 believe it's the such a lot good-looking booklet i've got ever noticeable from Springer and the inclusion of such a lot of colour plates fairly improves its visual appeal dramatically!

Prof. J.W. Dauben (City collage of latest York)

An first-class booklet in each appreciate. The authors have effectively mixed the heritage of geometry with the overall improvement of tradition and background. …

The picture layout can also be excellent.

Prof. Z. Nádenik (Czech Technical college in Prague)

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