By Benjamin Wardhaugh
Despite what we may well occasionally think, renowned arithmetic writing did not start with Martin Gardner. in reality, it has a wealthy culture stretching again enormous quantities of years. This wonderful and enlightening anthology--the first of its kind--gathers approximately 100 attention-grabbing decisions from the earlier 500 years of well known math writing, bringing to existence a little-known aspect of math historical past. 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, lecture room, and paintings arithmetic; mathematical histories and biographies; money owed of upper arithmetic; reasons of mathematical tools; discussions of ways math may be taught and discovered; reflections at the position of math on this planet; and math in fiction and humor.
Featuring many tips, video games, difficulties, and puzzles, in addition to a lot historical past and minutiae, the decisions comprise a sixteenth-century consultant to creating a horizontal sundial; "Newton for the women" (1739); Leonhard Euler at the thought of speed (1760); "Mathematical Toys" (1785); a poetic model of the rule of thumb of 3 (1792); "Lotteries and Mountebanks" (1801); Lewis Carroll at the online game of good judgment (1887); "Maps and Mazes" (1892); "Einstein's genuine fulfillment" (1921); "Riddles in arithmetic" (1945); "New Math for fogeys" (1966); and "PC Astronomy" (1997). equipped through thematic chapters, every one choice is positioned in context by means of a short advent.
A designated window into the hidden historical past of well known arithmetic, A Wealth of Numbers will supply many hours of enjoyable and studying to a person who loves well known arithmetic and science.