Despite 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 anthologythe first of its kindgathers nearly one hundred fascinating selections from the past 500 years of popular math writing, bringing to life a littleknown 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 sixteenthcentury 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 Astronomy" (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.
About Dr. Benjamin Wardhaugh
Benjamin 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).Details Book
Author  :  Dr. Benjamin Wardhaugh 
Publisher  :  Princeton University Press 
Data Published  :  29 April 2012 
ISBN  :  0691147752 
EAN  :  9780691147758 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  392 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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