By Benjamin Wardhaugh
Despite what we may possibly occasionally think, renowned arithmetic writing did not start with Martin Gardner. actually, it has a wealthy culture stretching again countless numbers of years. This unique and enlightening anthology--the first of its kind--gathers approximately 100 interesting choices from the prior 500 years of well known math writing, bringing to lifestyles a little-known aspect of math historical past. starting from the past due 15th to the past due 20th century, and drawing from books, newspapers, magazines, and internet sites, A Wealth of Numbers comprises leisure, lecture room, and paintings arithmetic; mathematical histories and biographies; money owed of upper arithmetic; motives of mathematical tools; discussions of the way math can be taught and discovered; reflections at the position of math on this planet; and math in fiction and humor.
Featuring many methods, video games, difficulties, and puzzles, in addition to a lot heritage and minutiae, the choices contain a sixteenth-century advisor to creating a horizontal sundial; "Newton for the women" (1739); Leonhard Euler at the suggestion of pace (1760); "Mathematical Toys" (1785); a poetic model of the rule of thumb of 3 (1792); "Lotteries and Mountebanks" (1801); Lewis Carroll at the video game of common sense (1887); "Maps and Mazes" (1892); "Einstein's actual fulfillment" (1921); "Riddles in arithmetic" (1945); "New Math for fogeys" (1966); and "PC Astronomy" (1997). geared up by means of thematic chapters, every one choice is positioned in context by way of a short introduction.
A particular window into the hidden heritage of renowned arithmetic, A Wealth of Numbers will offer many hours of enjoyable and studying to somebody who loves well known arithmetic and science.
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