- Taschenbuch: 1128 Seiten
- Verlag: Norton & Company; Auflage: Fifth Printing (9. April 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 039304002X
- ISBN-13: 978-0393040029
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 5,6 x 26,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 29 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 34.733 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. April 1997
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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 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. It's 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
This wide-ranging survey looks at the history of mathematics from the invention of numbers and language, through the realms of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus, to mathematical logic, set theory, topology, fractals and probability, and onwards to differential equations. The book is intended for the general reader, and links mathematics to the humanities, linguistics, the natural sciences and technology.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
This book can be classified in many ways. In one sense, it is a giant book of mathematics trivia - almost every major and minor aspect of mathematics is represented here in some fashion, from the explanation of cardinal and ordinal numbers to the analytic geometry, calculus, probability and statistics, and symbolic logic. These are arranged in a fairly standard progression, one that most people who have studied mathematics in school will recognise, at least up to the point that they studied.
Another classification of the book can be that of a mathematics encyclopedia. The table of contents, supplemented with the name index and the subject index in the back of the book, makes this a ready reference for short descriptions.
There are fun pieces here - for example, Gullberg derives approximate values for pi in two different scriptural texts (a passage from Kings and a passage from Nehemiah); there are mathematical jokes (yes, there are such things) and puzzles, some of which have only been recently solved (Fermat's last theorem, for example). There are historical pieces and purely mathematical pieces here, and in general the reader will learn about mathematics even when one doesn't understand fully the information being presented.
This is the one drawback of the book - it is not a mathematics textbook.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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"There is no royal road to geometry," said Euclid to the impatient (lazy?) king, but--believe me--this book is as close to it as most of the rest of us nonmathematicians... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 4. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
This is the type of book you hope to find when you are looking for a text to cover a topic in a no-nonsense and readable fashion.Am 17. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
Gullberg's book is an easy, and fun read. It is also a great help in my studies. "Mathematics.. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 3. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
Gullberg's book is an easy, and fun read. It is also a great help in studies. "Mathematics" is an excellent resource for the amateur, student, or for any curious... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 3. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
e^(i Pi) = -1. Therefore, GOD exists!As a professional astrophyscist, I find myself refering to this wonderful text on a regular basis. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 1999 von (Shirley L. Stafford) email@example.com
This is an outstanding compendium. Not influenced by the aberrations of "Modern Math" it is enjoyable, comprehensive and easy to understand. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 3. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
This book is, in my opinion, the best book on the subject available. I enjoyed reading a book that was written in a clear and concise manner. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 28. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It truly captures the spirit of mathematics. Without a doubt, Gullberg dedicated a good portion of his life writing this book. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 24. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht