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A History of Mathematical Notations


THE work before us constitutes an important contribution to the history of mathematics. The development of mathematical notation is a fascinating subject in itself; but, the literature being so vast and scattered, it is difficult, without such a guide as is here presented, to study it effectively; in fact, apart from such a vademecum, it would be necessary to spend years (almost) in studying the original documents in the great libraries. Now, however, thanks to the labours of Prof. Cajori, which must have been colossal, we are given a conspectus of the whole subject so far as elementary mathematics are concerned.

A History of Mathematical Notations.

By Prof. Florian Cajori. Vol. 1: Notations in Elementary Mathematics. Pp. xvi + 451. (Chicago and London: The Open Court Publishing Co., 1928.) 25s. net.

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H., T. A History of Mathematical Notations . Nature 124, 4–5 (1929).

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