Capitalism and Arithmetic: The New Math of the 15th Century, Including the Full Text of the Treviso Arithmetic of 1478, Translated by David Eugene Smith

Capitalism and Arithmetic: The New Math of the 15th Century, Including the Full Text of the Treviso Arithmetic of 1478, Translated by David Eugene Smith

Capitalism and Arithmetic: The New Math of the 15th Century, Including the Full Text of the Treviso Arithmetic of 1478, Translated by David Eugene Smith

Capitalism and Arithmetic: The New Math of the 15th Century, Including the Full Text of the Treviso Arithmetic of 1478, Translated by David Eugene Smith

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"In Mr. Swetz's learned and engrossing commentary on the text, you can find facts that will impress your boss and amaze your friends, such as the mathematical origins of the words 'counter,' 'banks,' and 'digits.' The rich historical details support a compelling account of how mercantile capitalism in the Venetian republic of the early Renaissance crucially influenced the evolution of mathematics and how mathematics helped the rise of capitalism."
-Wall Street Journal

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Fifteenth-century Europe witnessed a period of great change--social, economic, and intellectual--and was marked by both the physical and transcendent movements of peoples and ideas. The historical rise and coming together of the forces and conditions that bred these changes is a complex phenomenon beyond the scope of this study; however, the changes or movements themselves are worth noting (see Table 1.1). Feudalism was on the wane. The beginnings of a spirit of national or regional consciousness were emerging among peoples who began to feel a sense of societal cohesiveness and purpose. Growth of towns and cities meant a new distribution of political power, as well as new types of power. Occupational opportunities broadened from the realms of . . .

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