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The Resource Abel's proof : an essay on the sources and meaning of mathematical unsolvability, Peter Pesic
Abel's proof : an essay on the sources and meaning of mathematical unsolvability, Peter Pesic
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 "In 1824 a young Norwegian named Niels Henrik Abel proved conclusively that algebraic equations of the fifth order are not solvable in radicals. In this book Peter Pesic shows what an important event this was in the history of thought. Abel was twentyone when he selfpublished his proof and he died five years later, poor and depressed, just before the proof started to receive wide acclaim. Abel's attempts to reach out to the mathematical elite of the day had been spurned, and he was unable to find a position that would allow him to work in peace and mary his fiancee." "But Pesic's story begins long before Abel and continues to the present day, for Abel's proof changed how we think about mathematics and its relation to the "real" world. Starting with the Greeks, who invented the idea of mathematical proof, Pesic shows how mathematics found its sources in the real world (the shapes of things, the accounting needs of merchants) and then reached beyond those sources toward something more universal. The Pythagoreans' attempts to deal with irrational numbers foreshadowed the slow emergence of abstract mathematics. Pesic focuses on the contested development of algebra  which even Newton resisted  and the gradual acceptance of the usefulness and perhaps even beauty of abstractions that seem to invoke realities with dimensions outside human experience. Pesic tells this story as a history of ideas, with mathematical details incorporated in boxes. The book also includes a new annotated translation of Abel's original proof."Jacket
 Language
 eng
 Extent
 viii, 213 pages
 Contents

 The scandal of the irrational
 Controversy and coefficients
 Impossibilities and imaginaries
 Spirals and seashores
 Premonitions and permutations
 Abel's proof
 Abel and Galois
 Seeing symmetries
 The order of things
 Solving the unsolvable
 Isbn
 9780262661829
 Label
 Abel's proof : an essay on the sources and meaning of mathematical unsolvability
 Title
 Abel's proof
 Title remainder
 an essay on the sources and meaning of mathematical unsolvability
 Statement of responsibility
 Peter Pesic
 Subject

 Abel, Niels Henrik <18021829>
 Abel, Niels Henrik, (18021829)
 Abel, Niels Henrik, 18021829
 Abel, Niels Henrik, 18021829
 Abel, Niels Henrik, 18021829
 Algebraische Gleichung
 Algèbre  Histoire
 Abel, Niels Henrik
 Equations, Roots of
 Unlösbarkeit
 Unlösbarkeit
 Vergelijkingen (wiskunde)
 Équations algébriques
 Équations, Racines des
 Equations, Roots of
 Language
 eng
 Summary
 "In 1824 a young Norwegian named Niels Henrik Abel proved conclusively that algebraic equations of the fifth order are not solvable in radicals. In this book Peter Pesic shows what an important event this was in the history of thought. Abel was twentyone when he selfpublished his proof and he died five years later, poor and depressed, just before the proof started to receive wide acclaim. Abel's attempts to reach out to the mathematical elite of the day had been spurned, and he was unable to find a position that would allow him to work in peace and mary his fiancee." "But Pesic's story begins long before Abel and continues to the present day, for Abel's proof changed how we think about mathematics and its relation to the "real" world. Starting with the Greeks, who invented the idea of mathematical proof, Pesic shows how mathematics found its sources in the real world (the shapes of things, the accounting needs of merchants) and then reached beyond those sources toward something more universal. The Pythagoreans' attempts to deal with irrational numbers foreshadowed the slow emergence of abstract mathematics. Pesic focuses on the contested development of algebra  which even Newton resisted  and the gradual acceptance of the usefulness and perhaps even beauty of abstractions that seem to invoke realities with dimensions outside human experience. Pesic tells this story as a history of ideas, with mathematical details incorporated in boxes. The book also includes a new annotated translation of Abel's original proof."Jacket
 Cataloging source
 DLC
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Pesic, Peter
 Illustrations
 illustrations
 Index
 index present
 LC call number
 QA212
 LC item number
 .P47 2003
 Literary form
 non fiction
 Nature of contents
 bibliography
 http://library.link/vocab/subjectName

 Abel, Niels Henrik
 Abel, Niels Henrik
 Abel, Niels Henrik
 Abel, Niels Henrik
 Abel, Niels Henrik
 Abel, Niels Henrik <18021829>
 Abel, Niels Henrik
 Equations, Roots of
 Équations, Racines des
 Equations, Roots of
 Vergelijkingen (wiskunde)
 Équations algébriques
 Algèbre
 Unlösbarkeit
 Équations, Racines des
 Algebraische Gleichung
 Unlösbarkeit
 Label
 Abel's proof : an essay on the sources and meaning of mathematical unsolvability, Peter Pesic
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code

 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type code

 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 The scandal of the irrational  Controversy and coefficients  Impossibilities and imaginaries  Spirals and seashores  Premonitions and permutations  Abel's proof  Abel and Galois  Seeing symmetries  The order of things  Solving the unsolvable
 Dimensions
 21 cm
 Extent
 viii, 213 pages
 Isbn
 9780262661829
 Lccn
 2002031991
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code

 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 System control number

 (OCoLC)50440844
 (OCoLC)ocm50440844
 Label
 Abel's proof : an essay on the sources and meaning of mathematical unsolvability, Peter Pesic
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code

 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type code

 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 The scandal of the irrational  Controversy and coefficients  Impossibilities and imaginaries  Spirals and seashores  Premonitions and permutations  Abel's proof  Abel and Galois  Seeing symmetries  The order of things  Solving the unsolvable
 Dimensions
 21 cm
 Extent
 viii, 213 pages
 Isbn
 9780262661829
 Lccn
 2002031991
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code

 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 System control number

 (OCoLC)50440844
 (OCoLC)ocm50440844
Subject
 Abel, Niels Henrik <18021829>
 Abel, Niels Henrik, (18021829)
 Abel, Niels Henrik, 18021829
 Abel, Niels Henrik, 18021829
 Abel, Niels Henrik, 18021829
 Algebraische Gleichung
 Algèbre  Histoire
 Abel, Niels Henrik
 Equations, Roots of
 Unlösbarkeit
 Unlösbarkeit
 Vergelijkingen (wiskunde)
 Équations algébriques
 Équations, Racines des
 Equations, Roots of
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