Mathematics and Its History

John Stillwell

This book provides a compilation of historical writings that detail a wide range of mathematical fields and topics; it is geared for a diverse readership due to its easy readability. This third edition adds new chapters on simple groups, new sections on alternating groups and the Poincare conjecture, and a new section on the Poincare conjecture. There are now a great deal more exercises available, in addition to commentary that puts those exercises in their proper perspective.