Description 
xvii, 123 p. ; 18 cm. 
Series 
Very short introductions ; 305 

Very short introductions; 305.

Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (113116) and index. 
Contents 
1. Mathematics: myth and history; 2. What is mathematics and who is a mathematician?; 3. How are mathematical ideas disseminated?; 4. Learning mathematics; 5. Mathematical livelihoods; 6. Getting inside mathematics; 7. The evolving historiography of mathematics. 
Summary 
In this Very Short Introduction, Jacqueline Stedall explores the rich historical and cultural diversity of mathematical endeavour from the distant past to the present day, using illustrative case studies drawn from a range of times and places; including early imperial China, the medieval Islamic world, and nineteenthcentury Britain. 
Subject 
Mathematics  History.

ISBN 
9780199599684 (pbk.) 

0199599688 (pbk.) 
