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- DescriptionDespite what we may sometimes imagine, popular mathematics writing didn't begin with Martin Gardner. In fact, it has a rich tradition stretching back hundreds of years. This entertaining and enlightening anthology--the first of its kind--gathers nearly one hundred fascinating selections from the past 500 years of popular math writing, bringing to life a little-kwn side of math history. Ranging from the late fifteenth to the late twentieth century, and drawing from books, newspapers, magazines, and websites, A Wealth of Numbers includes recreational, classroom, and work mathematics; mathematical histories and biographies; accounts of higher mathematics; explanations of mathematical instruments; discussions of how math should be taught and learned; reflections on the place of math in the world; and math in fiction and humor. Featuring many tricks, games, problems, and puzzles, as well as much history and trivia, the selections include a sixteenth-century guide to making a horizontal sundial; Newton for the Ladies (1739); Leonhard Euler on the idea of velocity (1760); Mathematical Toys (1785); a poetic version of the rule of three (1792); Lotteries and Mountebanks (1801); Lewis Carroll on the game of logic (1887); Maps and Mazes (1892); Einstein's Real Achievement (1921); Riddles in Mathematics (1945); New Math for Parents (1966); and PC Astromy (1997). Organized by thematic chapters, each selection is placed in context by a brief introduction. A unique window into the hidden history of popular mathematics, A Wealth of Numbers will provide many hours of fun and learning to anyone who loves popular mathematics and science.
- Author BiographyBenjamin Wardhaugh is a postdoctoral research fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, where he studies and teaches the history of mathematics. He is the author of How to Read Historical Mathematics (Princeton).
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication29/04/2012
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note39 halftones. 19 line illus.
- Weight714 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Edited byDr. Benjamin Wardhaugh
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