Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers Jan Gullberg

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Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers  by  Jan Gullberg

Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers by Jan Gullberg
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What does mathematics mean? Is it numbers or arithmetic, proofs or equations? Jan Gullberg starts his massive historical overview with some insight into why human beings find it necessary to reckon, or count, and what math means to us. From thereMoreWhat does mathematics mean? Is it numbers or arithmetic, proofs or equations?

Jan Gullberg starts his massive historical overview with some insight into why human beings find it necessary to reckon, or count, and what math means to us. From there to the last chapter, on differential equations, is a very long, but surprisingly engrossing journey. Mathematics covers how symbolic logic fits into cultures around the world, and gives fascinating biographical tidbits on mathematicians from Archimedes to Wiles. Its a big book, copiously illustrated with goofy little line drawings and cartoon reprints. But the real appeal (at least for math buffs) lies in the scads of problems--with solutions--illustrating the concepts.

It really invites readers to sit down with a cup of tea, pencil and paper, and (ahem) a calculator and start solving. Remember the first time you got it in math class? With Mathematics you can recapture that bliss, and maybe learn something new, too. Everyone from schoolkids to professors (and maybe even die-hard mathphobes) can find something useful, informative, or entertaining here.

--Therese Littleton



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