Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Chrystal's Algebra is Available Electronically

Hey - this is great. Chrystal's Algebra, an old textbook that has wonderful chapters on continued fractions and one that influenced Ramanujan, is available freely online here at the University of Pennsylvania.

If you want to go directly, try here for Volume 1, and here for Volume 2. The chapters on continued fractions are 32-34 in Volume 2.


Blake Stacey said...

Neat. It's also convenient — I'm going to need something to scrub the stupid out of my brain after reading Kent Hovind's "doctoral dissertation".

Takis Konstantopoulos said...

Thanks for this. The second link doesn't work, but here it is. Continued fractions are on page 432 onwards. I didn't know they were called so back then. I like the little book of Khinchin on the subject but this came later.

Takis Konstantopoulos said...

A very different book on Algebra is "A Treatise on Universal Algebra, With Applications" by A.N. Whitehead, available online in the historical math monographs digital collection of Cornell. Good site. I really hope all historical books become freely available soon.