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