History of Mathematics 1993; 197 pp; softcover Volume: 7 Reprint/Revision History: reprinted 1997 with corrections ISBN10: 0821809202 ISBN13: 9780821809204 List Price: US$50 Member Price: US$40 Order Code: HMATH/7.S
 "[These lectures] are about themes of the history of mathematics which, for various reasons, are dear to me. The early differential and integral calculus, the work of Christiaan Huygens, and the concept of construction in seventeenth and eighteenthcentury mathematics are the three themes around which much of my research has concentrated and which continue to fascinate me by the insights they offer in the development of that special human activity called mathematics." from the Introduction This volume contains eleven lectures ranging over a variety of topics in the history of mathematics. The lectures, presented between 1970 and 1987, were delivered in a variety of venues and appeared only in less accessible publications. Those who teach mathematics, as well as mathematics historians, will appreciate this insightful, wideranging book. Readership Mathematics professors and mathematical historians. Table of Contents  Recognition and wonder: Huygens, tractional motion, and some thoughts on the history of mathematics
 The concept of construction and the representation of curves in seventeenthcentury mathematics
 The structure of Descartes's Géométrie
 Christiaan Huygens
 The fundamental concepts of the Leibnizian calculus
 The lemniscate of Bernoulli
 Calculus in the eighteenth century: The rôle of applications
 The closure theorem of Poncelet
 Elements of mathematics: They are no longer what they used to be
 "Queen and servant": The role of mathematics in the development of the sciences
 Mathematics and its social context: A dialogue in the staff room, with historical episodes
