MATH 419 Historical Perspectives of Mathematics: Home
Library resources for history of mathematics
Math history books are located on the 5th floor West of Wilson Library, under QA 21.
This is the beginning of the subject arrangement on math history, there are many more books on math and mathematicians.
Use the OneSearch catalog to locate more items.
Finding & Using
REFERENCE
Biographies of Mathematicians in AccessScience, online version of the McGrawHill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
MacTutor History of Mathematics Archives
Princeton Companion to Mathematics ebook version
Princeton Companion to Mathematics print copy in library

Dictionary of Scientific BiographyWestern Library Wilson 2W  Reference (Q141 .D5 )

Encyclopedia of mathematicsWestern Library Wilson 2W  Reference (QA5 .T34 2005 )
ARTICLE DATABASES

MathSciNet [American Mathematical Society]A database of reviews, abstracts, and bibliographic information for mathematical sciences publications. Includes fulltext journal articles from Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications.
Tip:Full text of citations with bibliographies only, use Find It button to find articles, and ILLIAD when not available. 
Web of Science [Thomson Reuters]A multidatabase search tool combining all three Web of Science indexes (the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index).

America: History and Life [EBSCO]An index of citations to scholarly literature covering North American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present.

Historical Abstracts [EBSCO]A database of citations and abstracts to publications on world history from 1450 to the present, excluding the United States and Canada. Covers all categories of history from the political and cultural to the technological and scientific.

BAS: Bibliography of Asian Studies [EBSCO]An index of citations to Westernlanguage publications in the field of Asian Studies dating back to 1971.

Google ScholarA tool to conduct a broad search for scholarly literature, including peerreviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts, patents, and technical reports.
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Selected Books

A History of Mathematics byCall Number: Online AccessPublication Date: 20110106The updated new edition of the classic and comprehensive guide to the history of mathematics For more than forty years, A History of Mathematics has been the reference of choice for those looking to learn about the fascinating history of humankind's relationship with numbers, shapes, and patterns. This revised edition features uptodate coverage of topics such as Fermat's Last Theorem and the Poincaré Conjecture, in addition to recent advances in areas such as finite group theory and computeraided proofs. Distills thousands of years of mathematics into a single, approachable volume Covers mathematical discoveries, concepts, and thinkers, from Ancient Egypt to the present Includes uptodate references and an extensive chronological table of mathematical and general historical developments. Whether you're interested in the age of Plato and Aristotle or Poincaré and Hilbert, whether you want to know more about the Pythagorean theorem or the golden mean, A History of Mathematics is an essential reference that will help you explore the incredible history of mathematics and the men and women who created it.

Pioneering Women in American Mathematics byCall Number: Western Library Wilson 5W  Books (QA28 .G74 2009 )Publication Date: 20081216"This book is the result of a study in which the authors identified all of the American women who earned PhD's in mathematics before 1940, and collected extensive biographical and bibliographical information about each of them. By reconstructing as complete a picture as possible of this group of women, Green and LaDuke reveal insights into the larger scientific and cultural communities in which they lived and worked." "The book contains an extended introductory essay, as well as biographical entries for each of the 228 women in the study. The authors examine family backgrounds, education, careers, and other professional activities. They show that there were many more women earning PhD's in mathematics before 1940 than is commonly thought." "The material will be of interest to researchers, teachers, and students in mathematics, history of mathematics, history of science, women's studies, and sociology."BOOK JACKET.

From Five Fingers to Infinity byCall Number: Western Library Wilson 5W  Books (QA21 .F76 1994 )Publication Date: 19940501"The only book of its kind, From Five Fingers to Infinity is an absorbing, entertaining, userfriendly account of one of the greatest adventures in human thought. It is a global survey of the history of mathematics, suitable for readers with no background in math as well as for the more informed reader or teacher." "This work tells the astonishing story of the history of mathematics in 114 popular articles, presented in a chronological and thematic manner, with numerous illustrations. It can be read straight through, but is also ideal for dipping into. The articles are culled from the best and most approachable pieces ever written in this field; some are by such leading writers as Carl Boyer, Howard Eves, Morris Kline, and Dirk Struik. Others are real gems by lesserknown writers, which Frank Swetz has found in his exhaustive search of the literature." "Among the distinctive features of this volume: discussions of the mathematical accomplishments of traditional peoples, Native Americans, and others, not usually treated in histories of mathematics; actual translations from early and epochmaking mathematical texts; a comprehensive review of Babylonian mathematical achievements; sensitivity to the social and cultural context of mathematical endeavors; over 300 relevant, provocative, and helpful illustrations, and 18 historical exhibits; illuminating introductions and pointers and extensive bibliographical information; and each article short and selfcontained."BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
More books

The World of Mathematics byCall Number: Western Library Wilson 5W  Books (QA3 .N48 )ISBN: 1556151497Publication Date: 1956A monumental 4volume reference, 15 years in the making, The World of Mathematics was specially designed to make mathematics more accessible to the inexperienced.

Collected works. byCall Number: Western Library Wilson 5W  Books (QA3 .V594 )Publication Date: 1961v. 1. Logic, theory of sets and quantum mechanicsv. 2. Operators, ergodic theory and almost periodic functions in a groupv. 3. Rings of operatorsv. 4. Continuous geometry and other topicsv. 5. Design of computers, theory of automata and numerical analysisv. 6. Theory of games, astrophysics, hydrodynamics and meteorology

From Kant to Hilbert byCall Number: Western Library Wilson 5W  Books (QA8.6 .F77 1999 )Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is widely taken to be the starting point of the modern period of mathematics while David Hilbert was the last great mainstream mathematician to pursue important nineteenth century ideas. This twovolume work provides an overview of this important era ofmathematical research through a carefully chosen selection of articles. They provide an insight into the foundations of each of the main branches of mathematicsalgebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, logic, and set theorywith narratives to show how they are linked. Classic works by Bolzano,Riemann, Hamilton, Dedekind, and Poincare are reproduced in reliable translations and many selections from writers such as Gauss, Cantor, Kronecker, and Zermelo are here translated for the first time. The collection is an invaluable source for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of thefoundation of modern mathematics. From reviews of the hardback: '...well prepared and paves the way to a profound study of the concerned subject.' E. Knobloch in Zentrallblatt fur Mathematik. '...the book is a wideranging and substantial contribution to the accessibility of writings on thefoundation of various branches of mathematics.' I. GrattanGuinness in History and Philosophy of Logic.