Number Theory: An Approach through History from Hammurapi to Legendre

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Number Theory, An Approach through History from Hammurapi to Legendre is a book on the history of number theory, written by André Weil.[1]

The book reviews over three millennia of research on numbers but the key focus is on mathematicians from the 17th-century to the 19th, in particular, on four mathematicians Fermat, Euler, Lagrange and Legendre, whose work paved the way for modern number theory.[2] It does not discuss many of the developments in the field after the work of Gauss in Disquisitiones Arithmeticae.

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  1. ^ Number Theory: An Introduction via the Distribution of Primes by Benjamin Fine, Gerhard Rosenberger 2006 ISBN 978-0-8176-4472-7 page 2
  2. ^ Ribenboim, Paulo (1985). "Review of Number Theory, An Approach through History from Hammurapi to Legendre by André Weil" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 13 (2): 173–182.