Flatland 1884 Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1991. While the great laws of physics were almost all named by the early twentieth century, scientific milestones continue to be established. For example, if a mathematician under discussion was Jewish, he mentioned it. Dennis, A Catalog of Special Plane Curves New York: Dover, 1972. For each of the subjects, one page is devoted to a brief explanation and the next contains a color picture related to the subject. Bardi, Jason Socrates, The Calculus Wars: Newton, Leibniz, and the Greatest Mathematical Clash of All Time New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007.
With this book, it just shows how much an image does to understanding mathematics and its applications. With this book, it just shows how much an image does to understanding mathematics and its applications. The illustrations are sometimes fascinating to gaze at on their own, but sometimes they are just graphic design placeholders like 3D type of greek letters - big whoop! If this was a book of the author writing on the greatest hits of mathematics with a page devoted to each and where the reader needs to be almost 90% of the way there in terms of being able to understand the subject matter at any level - then very few copies would be sold. Give the readers a good overview of Mathematics history and he also wanted to include Mathematical problems that interested him. And each page of this stunning gift book is a testament to the sheer beauty—both intellectual and aesthetic— of the field as seen through his eyes. Dorrie, Heinrich, 100 Great Problems of Elementary Mathematics: Their History and Solution New York: Dover, 1965. As in Sofia Kovalevksaya, mathematical genius and pioneering female mathematician and academician of the 19th century.
Finally, it is a book that is just fun to read, the math is not deep, but it is lively and entertaining. Venn Diagrams 1880 's work. My longtime rave fave is the Mobius strip…. On the other hand, even problem statement in topology involves a lot of opaque language about abstruse concepts. Joyner, David, Adventures in Group Theory: Rubik's Cube, Merlin's Machine, and Other Mathematical Toys Baltimore , Maryland : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. Dauben, Joseph Warren, Georg Cantor: His Mathematics and Philosophy of the Infinite Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1979. Hawking, Stephen and Roger Penrose, The Nature of Space and Time Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1996.
Brian Greene would have found a way to explain it. This novel is based closely on Kovalevskaya's actual experiences, struggling to obtain a mathematics doctorate at a time when this kind of education was unheard of for women. It is hard to briefly describe them and make it interesting for the general public, but the book is delivering it. Gullberg, Jan, Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers New York: W. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about in this inviting anthology include: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares from centuries ago, the discovery of pi and calculus and the butterfly effect.
Pickover, Clifford, The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2001. The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics Follow Dr. LibraryThing Review User Review - drardavis - LibraryThing This was a very pretty book with page long descriptions of historically significant mathematical concepts. Reprinted in Opera Omnia Series Prima, Volume 7, pp. Kasner, Edward and James Newman, Mathematics and the Imagination New York: Dover, 2001. The writing did on most cases good work presenting the subjects and their meaning for mathematics without getting too technical about it. The date of the manuscript is still debated.
Stewart, Ian, Another Fine Math You've Got Me Into New York: Freeman, 1992. Weyl, Hermann, Symmetry Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1952. I thought that was lazy too. They range from cicada's calculating prime numbers, to the Infinite Monkey Theorem to how they solved Checkers. Seife, Charles, Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea New York: Penguin, 2000. The math book: from Pythagoras to the 57th dimension, 250 milestones in the history of mathematics.
Specifically, he showed that a proof could be completed after analyzing only 50 spheres. All in all, The Math Book is a good way of getting a glimpse of everything the world of mathematics involves and how it has helped to form our society, science and understanding of the universe. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential. I think this is one of the aspects that sets it apart from other books. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Honestly, I will keep this book near me for quite a long time to come, just opening it at a random entry to see what piece of incredible general awesomeness I can find. Shotwell, Peter, Huiren Yang, and Sangit Chatterjee, Go: More Than a Game North Clarendon, Vermont: Tuttle Publishing, 2003.
If this was a book of the author writing on the greatest hits of mathematics with a page devoted to each and where the reader needs to be almost 90% of the way there in terms of being able to understand the subject matter at any level - then very few copies would be sold. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares from centuries ago, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Livio, Mario, The Golden Ratio New York: Broadway Books, 2002. This is a really cool encyclopedia-like book with great images and one-page anecdote about math, from across time. Of course the book can also be a great way to help someone less fortunate—less in love with the unending awesomeness of mathematics—to get an idea of what you're smiling about when they say they like the design of a public space and you know it's the golden ratio everywhere that makes them like it so much. If you want to know some fascinating concepts about math without knowing too much of the details, then this book is for you.
Eves, Howard, An Introduction to the History of Mathematics, 6 th Edition Boston, Massachusetts: Brooks Cole, 1990. Still it's a nice and comprehensive overview of the important mathematical discoveries in chronological order, and you can use it to find something new that interests you and go into further reading from there. And it doesn't always stick to the theories, often it just tells about the scientists behind the science, the times they lived in, what practical fields it is used in, why it is important,. He was born Giovanni Francesco Melchiore Salvemini. Here also are remarkable thinkers from Pythagoras and Euclid to modern-day math icon Martin Gardner and cosmologist Max Tegmark. Durham: North Carolina, Duke University Press, 2004.
Reuleaux, Franz, The Kinematics of Machinery: Outlines of a Theory of Machines London: Macmillan, 1876 , translation of 1875 German original. He did not comment on any other religions unless it was because a mathematician was Jewish and then converted. Wells, David, The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Geometry, New York: Penguin, 1992. The Math book is quite interesting although Im not sure whether this is more of a Math or History book, but it was still very fun to read and I learned a lot more about Euler and other famous mathematicians. Lockwood, Edward Harrington, A Book of Curves.