By Benjamin Wardhaugh
Despite what we could occasionally think, well known arithmetic writing did not commence with Martin Gardner. in reality, it has a wealthy culture stretching again enormous quantities of years. This exciting and enlightening anthology--the first of its kind--gathers approximately 100 interesting choices from the earlier 500 years of well known math writing, bringing to lifestyles a little-known facet of math background. starting from the past due 15th to the overdue 20th century, and drawing from books, newspapers, magazines, and internet sites, A Wealth of Numbers contains leisure, school room, and paintings arithmetic; mathematical histories and biographies; debts of upper arithmetic; reasons of mathematical tools; discussions of the way math may be taught and discovered; reflections at the position of math on the earth; and math in fiction and humor.
Featuring many methods, video games, difficulties, and puzzles, in addition to a lot heritage and minutiae, the decisions comprise a sixteenth-century consultant to creating a horizontal sundial; "Newton for the women" (1739); Leonhard Euler at the notion of speed (1760); "Mathematical Toys" (1785); a poetic model of the guideline of 3 (1792); "Lotteries and Mountebanks" (1801); Lewis Carroll at the video game of common sense (1887); "Maps and Mazes" (1892); "Einstein's genuine success" (1921); "Riddles in arithmetic" (1945); "New Math for fogeys" (1966); and "PC Astronomy" (1997). equipped through thematic chapters, each one choice is positioned in context through a short introduction.
A certain window into the hidden background of well known arithmetic, A Wealth of Numbers will supply many hours of enjoyable and studying to somebody who loves well known arithmetic and science.
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