From the Birth of Numbers

Book - 1997
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1997.
ISBN: 9780393040029
Branch Call Number: 510. 9 GUL
Characteristics: xxiii, 1093 p. : ill.


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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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