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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (21 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691140146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691140148
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
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Anyone interested in the history of mathematics should start here, especially those who teach history of mathematics courses. The text is refreshing, relevant, and surprisingly interesting. A great read! -- Choice


Anyone interested in the history of mathematics should start here, especially those who teach history of mathematics courses. The text is refreshing, relevant, and surprisingly interesting. A great read! -- "Choice

"How to Read Historical Mathematics" is filled with worthwhile advice to historians of mathematics and potential historians of mathematics. Wardhaugh's book should be readily available and kept with your personal reference books. It should also be in your school library.--Donald Cook "Mathematical Review "

[This book] is well written, readable, and straightforward. . . . It should be read by anyone who is using original source material to study the history of mathematics.--David Ebert "Mathematics Teacher "

[A] splendid introduction to what to look for and to think about when reading historical source material in mathematics. . . . This volume provides much food for thought in relatively few pages, yet in a pleasantly relaxed manner.--Leon Harkleroad "Zentralblatt MATH "

What Wardhaugh does exceptionally well is to break the ice for readers interested in the subject. He does this largely by training readers to ask insightful questions when they read a historical text.--Sol Lederman "Wild About Math "

This is an extraordinary book for anyone interested in the history of mathematics. The author notes in the preface that reading historical mathematics can be fascinating, challenging, enriching, and endlessly rewarding. He then proceeds to illustrate how to analyze and get the most out of original source material.--Jim Tattersall "MAA Reviews "

"How to Read Historical Mathematics" is more than a useful aid to students being introduced to the field: it is a practical field guide to a whole new way of doing the history of mathematics. I warmly recommend it.--Amir Alexander "British Journal for the History of Science "


"How to Read Historical Mathematics" is filled with worthwhile advice to historians of mathematics and potential historians of mathematics. Wardhaugh's book should be readily available and kept with your personal reference books. It should also be in your school library.--Donald Cook "Mathematical Review "


"How to Read Historical Mathematics" is more than a useful aid to students being introduced to the field: it is a practical field guide to a whole new way of doing the history of mathematics. I warmly recommend it.--Amir Alexander "British Journal for the History of Science "

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"How to Read Historical Mathematics is definitely a significant contribution. There is nothing similar available. It will be a very important resource in any course that makes use of original sources in mathematics and to anyone else who wants to read seriously in the history of mathematics."--Victor J. Katz, editor of The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam

"Wardhaugh guides mathematics students through the process of reading primary sources in the history of mathematics and understanding some of the main historiographic issues this study involves. This concise handbook is a very significant and, as far as I know, unique companion to the growing corpus of sourcebooks documenting major achievements in mathematics. It explicitly addresses the fundamental questions of why--and more importantly how--one should read primary sources in mathematics history."--Kim Plofker, author of Mathematics in India

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