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This is the book that invites the curious non-mathemetician to explore the development of mathematics from prehistoric times to the present. The consistent breadth and height proportions of Paleolithic hand axes is discussed as early evidence of human mathematical thinking, posited as an innate understanding of what the ancient Greeks later termed as the Golden Ratio millions of years later in 300 B.C. The invention of logarithims in the 17th century—making multiplication and division as simple as addition and subtraction—is credited for advancing the field of astronomy. The book retells the story of other inventions, such as Cartesian coordinates and the Pascaline calculator, eventually leading to Newton’s and Leibniz’s calculus 100 years later. The fields of statistics, computing, and game theory are discussed in the book’s final section. Hardcover; 192 pages. 9" H x 7 3/4" W x 3/4" D. (1 1/2 lbs.)
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Stunning tour of history of mathematics
By IT Pro
from Ft Lauderdale, FL
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Even as a mathematics major in college, I found new information in this book. It ties together a number of themes and provides a good cross-reference for concepts mentioned when there are two or more major figures in history associated with the concepts.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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History of Math
from Western Colorado
Timely -- have young friends in early teens -- this is written to catch their attention.
it is an attention getter
By dave p
from moodus, ct
It is an amusing and educational point of view of the history, use, and everyday application of mathematics. It makes me glad I paid attention in school!
Perfect for "Math Nuts"
By Bad Bob
from Rockledge, FL
I am a hard case "Math Nut" and I couldn't put this book down. When I finish the read, I'm giving it to my grandson who is a "Math Nut" work-in-progress.
Math Book - Very Good
from Austin, Texas
Great overview of where the basics of math began and who some of the great names are.
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