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Sourcebook in the Mathematics of Medieval Europe and North Africa

by Victor Katz Princeton University Press
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Hbk 592 pages
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Medieval Europe was a meeting place for the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic civilizations, and the fertile intellectual exchange of these cultures can be seen in the mathematical developments of the time. This sourcebook presents original Latin, Hebrew, and Arabic sources of medieval mathematics, and shows their crosscultural influences. Although many of the Latin sources have previously appeared in English, most of the Hebrew and Arabic sources appear here in translation for the first time.


Readers will discover key mathematical revelations, foundational texts, and sophisticated writings by Latin, Hebrew, and Arabic-speaking mathematicians such as Abner of Burgos’s elegant arguments proving results on the conchoid—a curve previously unknown in medieval Europe, Levi ben Gershon’s use of mathematical induction in combinatorial proofs, and Al- Mu’taman Ibn Hud’s extensive survey of mathematics that included proofs of Heron’s Theorem and Ceva’s Theorem. The book includes a general introduction, section introductions, footnotes, and references.

  • Frontmatter, pg. i
  • Contents, pg. v
  • Preface, pg. xi
  • Permissions, pg. xiii
  • General Introduction, pg. 1
  • Chapter 1. The Latin Mathematics of Medieval Europe, pg. 4
  • Chapter 2. Mathematics in Hebrew in Medieval Europe, pg. 224
  • Chapter 3. Mathematics in the Islamic World in Medieval Spain and North Africa, pg. 381
  • Appendices, pg. 549
  • Editors and Contributors, pg. 567
  • Index, pg. 571

"An equal to its companion volume,The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam: A Sourcebook this scholarly effort fills a noticeable void. . . . Any individual who enjoys mathematics will learn a great amount about mathematical history in a context that is often not discussed or covered."--Choice

Victor J. Katz is professor of mathematics emeritus
at the University of the District of Columbia. Menso
Folkerts is professor emeritus of the history of science
at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
Barnabas Hughes is professor emeritus of secondary
education at California State University, Northridge.
Roi Wagner is a research fellow at the Minerva
Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University. J. Lennart
Berggren is professor emeritus of the history of
mathematics at Simon Fraser University in Canada.