Recently I got some knowledge of the so-called hyper-determinant discovered by Cayley.

It arose a lot of interest of determinant in my mind.

So, is there any good account of the history of determinant?


At Alain Lascoux's web page you can find .pdf files of Thomas Muir's encyclopedic history of determinants. Muir devoted quite a bit of his long life to this work, which is only one of a very few essentially complete literature surveys ever done of a mathematical field of study. FYI, Dickson's multi-volume treatise History of the Theory of Numbers is another such literature survey that is essentially complete up to the time it was written.

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