Unknown quantity a real and imaginary history of algebra and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Written for those among us who are unencumbered by a fear of formulae unknown quantity delivers on its promise to present a history of algebra astonishing in its bold presentation of the math and graced with narrative authority our journey through the world of algebra is at once intellectually satisfying and pleasantly challenging. Unknown quantity is an interesting book about the history of algebra but i think its major failing is that it concentrates sufficiently heavily on the mathematics that its hard to read sections if you arent already knowledgeable about them. New unknown quantity a real and imaginary history of algebra mathematics 2012 item details author john derbyshire publisher joseph henry press binding hardcover publish date edition isbn 030909657x condition new other notes ships promptly from texas. In this sense unknown quantity has the same goal as prime obsession however the scope of unknown quantity is much larger because algebra is a vast subject with a long history dating back to the babylonians whose coherence is hard to see especially for nonmathematicians
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