From the Birth of Numbers

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of mathematics and numeration, and reviews symbolic logic, set theory, series, equations, functions, geometry, trigonometry, vector analysis, fractals, matrices, calculus, probability theory, and differential equations

Norton Pub
A gently guided, profusely illustrated Grand Tour of the world of mathematics.
This extraordinary work takes the reader on a long and fascinating journey--from 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.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393040029
Branch Call Number: 510.9 GUL
Characteristics: xxii, 1093 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Mathematics


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Aug 11, 2014

An excellent book on numbers and mathematical history combined with working examples and theorems throughout. Fantastic for those who like math but didn't get too far in school or for those about to embark on engineering school. A tough but fantastic read.

Dec 30, 2013

Simply excellent. The work of an enthusiastic teacher.


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