## History of Mathematics. Biographical

General Histories, but oriented toward biography.

**Of Men and Numbers**
- Jane Muir, $7
- A pleasant little book, discussing
Pythagoras, Euclid, Archimedes, Cardan, Descartes, Pascal, Newton,
Euler, Gauss, Lobachevsky, Galois, and Cantor. Not a bad way
to get some broad orientation. Comes with a sensible 2-page
bibliography.
**History of Mathematics**
- D. E. Smith. 2 vols, $11 each, Dover
- A good reference work. A bit dry, but aimed specifically
at providing information of value to teachers.
**A Short Account of the History of Mathematics.**
- W. Rouse Ball. $11
- This seems to me more for browsing than for study, and
good on points of mathematical interest, particularly
in relatively recent times.
On page 264 he gives his point of view:
*We may discuss
separately the development of different branches of mathematics ...
Or we may describe in succession the lives and writings of the
mathematicians ... Personally, I prefer the latter.*
** A History of Mathematics**
- Cajori. $30. Hardcover only
- A good point of departure if one is interested in a particular
mathematician.

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File date: Feb. 1999