Excerpt from Historical Introduction to Mathematical Literature The mathematical literature is unusually rich in content and is composed of a great variety of elements. It contains many results that would appeal to every one if they were presented in the proper form and at the proper time. One of the difficult problems which present themselves to those interested in the diffusion of mathematical kwledge is how to establish a proper correspondence between the subject matter and the individual. This problem is especially serious in view of the fact that misfits along this line are often disastrous. Hence it is very desirable that the mathematical student be led to points from which he can overlook domains of considerable extent in order that he may be able to form a somewhat independent judgment as regards the regions which he might like to examine more closely. The main object of the present work is to guide the reader to such points of observation. These observation points should also appeal to those who are interested in general educational questions but do t have time to enter upon a study of the abstruse developments in this particular field. Mathematical accuracy should t be confused with mathematical minutiae. Comprehensive views are often very helpful and fill an important place in mathematical education. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.