MATH CLASSICS Compiled by Troy Henke __Classical Work;__ __Author;
__ __Significance__
Timaeus; Plato; First mathematical treatise of western thought Analytica posteriora; Aristotle; System of deductive logic and method The Elements;
Euclid; Exhaustive compilation of Greek geometry, proof [This is in 3 volumes.] The Sand-Reckoner; Archimedes; Introduces base ten system, principle of the logarithm
Method; Archimedes; Lays the foundation of integral calculus Conic Sections; Apollonius; Exhaustive work on the conic sections Introduction to Arithmetic; Nicomachus; Compilation of arithmetic principles The Almagest; Ptolemy; Greek trigonometry used to record star positions al-jabr w’al-muqâ-balah; al-Khowârizmî; First treatise on algebra and Hindu-Arabic numerals
Libra de abacci; Fibannacci; Introduces Hindu-Arabic numerals to Europe Linear Perspective; da Vinci;
The mathematical elements of painting La Disme; Stevin; Systematic treatment of decimal fractions Ars Magna;
Cardano; Solves cubic & biquadratic equations, imaginary numbers Two New Sciences;
Galileo; Challenges Aristotle’s law of falling bodies Geometry; Descarte; Lays the foundation of analytical geometry On the Theory of Probabilities; Fermat; Pascal Lays the foundation of probability
Mathematica Principia; Newton; Invention of calculus and defines gravity Law of Large Numbers; Bernoulli; Lays the foundation of statistics Seven Bridges of Königsberg; Euler; Lays the foundation of topology
Celestial Mechanics; Laplace; Applies calculus to heavenly orbits Celestial Mechanics; Sommerville Translation and expansion of La Place’s work Symbolic Logic; Boole; Discovery of symbolic and boolean logic Flatland; Abbott; Fictional work about mathematical dimensions Chance; Poincaré; Probability and statistics
Mathematical Creation; Poincaré; How to create mathematics Periodic Law of the Chemical Elements; Mendeléeff; Lays the foundation for the Periodic Table Principia Mathematica; Russell, Whitehead; Deepest study of the foundations of mathematics
How to Solve It; Polya; Problem solving
Mathematics of Music; Jeans; Lays the foundation for the physics of music Games & Economic Behavior;
Neumann; Lays the foundation of game theory
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