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MA 330W History of Mathematics: Find Books



You will find eBooks in the library catalog, which you can read online or download.

Here is a title that may help you find biographical information about your mathematician:

Dictionary of Scientific Biography (Set) "This standard reference source contains more than 5,000 biographies of mathematicians and natural scientists from all countries and from all historical periods."

  Mathematical Time Capsules by Dick Jardine. Biographical sketches may be at the end of chapters.


Reference Databases

Find articles, definitions and facts by searching these reference databases:

VMI Library Catalog

Find books about the history of mathematics by using Preston Library's catalog.  Use the search box below.

For a more complicated search use Advanced Search.  The URL is .

Tips for searching are:

  • Keyword
  • Subject
  • Title
  • Limit by format, author, date, and more

You can also browse the mathematics section of the 500 level [QA] for additional material. Here is a list of Library Subject Headings and call numbers:

QA 1-43         General
QA 47-59       Tables
QA 71-90        Instruments and machines
QA 101-145   Elementary mathematics.  Arithmetic
QA 150-272   Algebra
QA 273-280   Probabilities.  Mathematical statistics
QA 299-433   Analysis
QA 440-699   Geometry. Trigonometry. Topology
QA 801-939   Analytic mechanics