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How to Read Historical Mathematics
Benjamin Wardhaugh

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ADDITIONAL REVIEWS:

"Although Wardhaugh's examples will likely appeal mainly to those already interested in the history of mathematics, his commentary is broadly applicable to all of history of science and indeed to all students of history generally. There are occasional mentions of technological tools unknown to earlier generations of historians, but for the most part the discussion is generic enough that one expects How to Read Historical Mathematics to remain relevant even in a future where JSTOR and Google Books may no longer have the place they hold now."--David Lindsay Roberts, ISIS

"Each item is preceded by a brief sketch of its author and context. The entertainment for the reader rests not only with the mathematical content but also in the evolution of expository style and often inventive presentation."--E. J. Barbeau, Mathematical Reviews Clippings

"The book is a small jewel, the book to give to the student who is interested in pursuing history of mathematics. The author is apparently a talented historian."--UMAP Journal

ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:

"How to Read Historical Mathematics is definitely a significant contribution. There is nothing similar available. It will be a very important resource in any course that makes use of original sources in mathematics and to anyone else who wants to read seriously in the history of mathematics."--Victor J. Katz, editor of The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam

"Wardhaugh guides mathematics students through the process of reading primary sources in the history of mathematics and understanding some of the main historiographic issues this study involves. This concise handbook is a very significant and, as far as I know, unique companion to the growing corpus of sourcebooks documenting major achievements in mathematics. It explicitly addresses the fundamental questions of why--and more importantly how--one should read primary sources in mathematics history."--Kim Plofker, author of Mathematics in India

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