Initially, my goal was once to put in writing a "History of Algebra", in or 3 volumes. In getting ready the 1st quantity I observed that during historical civiliza tions geometry and algebra can't good be separated: progressively more sec tions on historic geometry have been extra. for this reason the hot name of the booklet: "Geometry and Algebra in historic Civilizations". A next quantity at the heritage of modem algebra is in instruction. it is going to deal commonly with box concept, Galois conception and conception of teams. i need to precise my deeply felt gratitude to all those that helped me in shaping this quantity. particularly, i need to thank Donald Blackmore Wagner (Berkeley) who positioned at my disposal his English translation of the main attention-grabbing elements of the chinese language "Nine Chapters of the artwork of Arith metic" and of Liu Hui's remark to this vintage, and likewise Jacques Se siano (Geneva), who kindly allowed me to take advantage of his translation of the re cently stumbled on Arabic textual content of 4 books of Diophantos now not extant in Greek. hot thank you also are as a result of Wyllis Bandler (Colchester, England) who learn my English textual content very rigorously and instructed a number of enhance ments, and to Annemarie Fellmann (Frankfurt) and Erwin Neuenschwan der (Zurich) who helped me in correcting the evidence sheets. omit Fellmann additionally typed the manuscript and drew the figures. I additionally are looking to thank the editorial employees and construction division of Springer-Verlag for his or her great cooperation.
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