Download e-book for kindle: A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular by Benjamin Wardhaugh

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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