The centerpiece of the book is The Calculus as Algebra: J.-L. Lagrange, 1736–1813. This section describes the achievements, setbacks, and influence of Lagrange’s pioneering attempt to reduce the calculus to algebra. Nine additional articles round out the book describing the history of the derivative; the origin of delta-epsilon proofs; Descartes and problem solving; the contrast between the calculus of Newton and Maclaurin, and that of Lagrange; Maclaurin’s way of doing mathematics and science and his surprisingly important influence; some widely held “myths” about the history of mathematics; Lagrange’s attempt to prove Euclid’s parallel postulate; and the central role that mathematics has played throughout the history of western civilization.
Table of Contents
You are viewing the table of contents
You do not have access to this
on JSTOR. Try logging in through your institution for access.