A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular by Benjamin Wardhaugh

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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