A gently guided, profusely illustrated Grand Tour of the world of mathematics.
This extraordinary work takes the reader on a long and fascinating journeyfrom the dual invention of numbers and language, through the major realms of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, to the final destination of differential equations, with excursions into mathematical logic, set theory, topology, fractals, probability, and assorted other mathematical byways. The book is unique among popular books on mathematics in combining an engaging, easy-to-read history of the subject with a comprehensive mathematical survey text. Intended, in the author's words, "for the benefit of those who never studied the subject, those who think they have forgotten what they once learned, or those with a sincere desire for more knowledge," it links mathematics to the humanities, linguistics, the natural sciences, and technology.
Contains more than 1000 original technical illustrations, a multitude of reproductions from mathematical classics and other relevant works, and a generous sprinkling of humorous asides, ranging from limericks and tall stories to cartoons and decorative drawings.
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Leavened with amusing cartoons, drawings, medieval woodcuts, light verse, graphs and diagrams, this unorthodox text on mathematics is a grab bag of intriguing lore, puzzles, historical excursions, comMar 17 1997 | Read Full Review of Mathematics: From the Birth o...
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