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Number Theory: A Historical Approach by John J. Watkins

By John J. Watkins

The typical numbers were studied for millions of years, but so much undergraduate textbooks current quantity thought as a protracted record of theorems with little point out of ways those effects have been found or why they're vital. This ebook emphasizes the old improvement of quantity conception, describing tools, theorems, and proofs within the contexts during which they originated, and offering an obtainable creation to 1 of the main interesting topics in mathematics.

Written in a casual sort by means of an award-winning instructor, Number Theory covers top numbers, Fibonacci numbers, and a bunch of different crucial issues in quantity conception, whereas additionally telling the tales of the good mathematicians in the back of those advancements, together with Euclid, Carl Friedrich Gauss, and Sophie Germain. This distinctive introductory textbook positive aspects an in depth set of difficulties that let scholars to actively strengthen and expand their knowing of the fabric, in addition to totally labored options for lots of of those difficulties. it is usually priceless tricks for while scholars are uncertain of ways to start on a given problem.

  • Uses a different old method of instructing quantity theory
  • Features quite a few difficulties, valuable tricks, and completely labored solutions
  • Discusses enjoyable subject matters like Pythagorean tuning in tune, Sudoku puzzles, and mathematics progressions of primes
  • Includes an advent to Sage, an easy-to-learn but robust open-source arithmetic software program package deal
  • Ideal for undergraduate arithmetic majors in addition to non-math majors
  • Digital suggestions guide (available merely to professors)

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