Unknown Quantity:

Unknown Quantity:

A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra (2006)

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978-0-309-09657-7

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Unknown Quantity:

A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra (2006)

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John Derbyshire

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Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2006.

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"All interested readers will learn something about mathematics and its history."
-- Mathematical Association of America Online

"Derbyshire has a witty, almost brusque way with words. He offers pithy anecdotes, sardonic asides, and sharp-eyed vignettes of his protagonists. Admirably, he doesn't talk down to readers but leads them on with breezy confidence."
-- The Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2006

"A world away from schoolroom tedium, John Derbyshire's Unknown Quantity buzzes with rivalries, frustrations, and breakthroughs. As with his excellent Prime Obsession, there are equations aplenty, but this is all to the good: the mix of narrative and hands-on mathematical alchemy amounts to more than the sum of its parts. A first-rate account that even algebraphobes will struggle to fault."
-- New Scientist, June 24, 2006