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Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

The Bulletin publishes expository articles on contemporary mathematical research, written in a way that gives insight to mathematicians who may not be experts in the particular topic. The Bulletin also publishes reviews of selected books in mathematics and short articles in the Mathematical Perspectives section, both by invitation only.

ISSN 1088-9485 (online) ISSN 0273-0979 (print)

The 2020 MCQ for Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society is 0.84.

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Book Review

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MathSciNet review: 3497799
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Book Information:

Author: Anthony Lo Bello
Title: Origins of mathematical words: a comprehensive dictionary of Latin, Greek, and Arabic roots
Additional book information: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2013, xviii+350 pp., ISBN 978-1-4214-1098-2, US $49.95

Author: Joseph Mazur
Title: Enlightening symbols: a short history of mathematical notation and its hidden powers
Additional book information: Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2014, xxiv+285 pp., ISBN 978-0-691-15463-3, US $29.95

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  • F. Cajori, A History of Mathematical Notations, Volume 1: Notations in elementary mathematics, Volume 2: Notations mainly in higher mathematics, Open Court, Chicago, 1929.
  • G. Cardano, Ars magna. 1968 translation The great art or the rules of algebra by T. Richard Witmer, with a foreword by Oystein Ore., The M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, MA–London, 1545.
  • T. Dantzig, Number, the Language of Science, Pi Press, New York. Reprint of the 1954 edition, edited by Joseph Mazur, 2005.
  • Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall, Taming the unknown, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2014. A history of algebra from antiquity to the early twentieth century. MR 3237138, DOI 10.1515/9781400850525
  • Steven Schwartzman, The words of mathematics, MAA Spectrum, Mathematical Association of America, Washington, DC, 1994. An etymological dictionary of mathematical terms used in English. MR 1270906

  • Review Information:

    Reviewer: John Stillwell
    Affiliation: University of San Francisco
    Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 53 (2016), 331-335
    Published electronically: August 28, 2015
    Review copyright: © Copyright 2015 American Mathematical Society