By Tucker McElroy

It's tricky to judge modern mathematicians with out the advantage of a retrospective standpoint, separated via numerous a long time. This complete single-volume A-to-Z reference covers either the earlier and current scientists who've considerably contributed to the sphere of arithmetic. together with the entire significant mathematicians, in addition to different lesser-known individuals within the box who made severe contributions, this inclusive reference covers the most important parts of algebra, research, geometry, and foundational statisticians. specified positive factors comprise indexes through box of specialization, nationality, and topic zone; a valuable bibliography; and appendixes directory the mathematicians lined by way of state of start, kingdom of labor, box of specialization, nationality, and topic sector. overlaying outstanding mathematicians from antiquity to the current, this can be a terrific reference for center and highschool scholars.

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