books.google.com.au - Important study focuses on the revival and assimilation of ancient Greek mathematics in the 13th–16th centuries, via Arabic science, and the 16th-century development of symbolic algebra. This brought about the crucial change in the concept of number that made possible modern science — in which the...http://books.google.com.au/books/about/Greek_Mathematical_Thought_and_the_Origi.html?id=g1FOGSKSo4cC&utm_source=gb-gplus-shareGreek Mathematical Thought and the Origin of Algebra