The natural numbers have been studied for thousands of years yet most undergraduate textbooks present number theory as a long list of theorems with little mention of how these results were discovered or why they are important. An excellent contribution to the list of elementary number theory textbooks number theory it is true has as rich a history as any branch of mathematics and watkins has done terrific work in integrating the stories of the people behind this subject with the traditional topics of elementary number theory. In the preface to this book the author asserts p xii that many other mathematical subjects calculus for example would have undoubtedly evolved much as they are today quite independent of the individual people involved in the actual development but number theory has had a wonderfully quirky evolution that depended heavily on the . Number theory a historical approach ebook written by john j watkins read this book using google play books app on your pc android ios devices download for offline reading highlight bookmark or take notes while you read number theory a historical approach. Uses a unique historical approach to teaching number theory features numerous problems helpful hints and fully worked solutions discusses fun topics like pythagorean tuning in music sudoku puzzles and arithmetic progressions of primes
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