Mathematics for the Million 
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Review: Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers
User Review  Owen  GoodreadsHard for me to believe that anyone would rate this book lower than a five. It is a unique and fascinating book that looks at the historical development of mathematics with a clear focus on the most ... Read full review
Review: Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers
User Review  Sarajayne  GoodreadsI'm actually reading the second edition, from 1937, the 17th printing (1945). It has 686 pages. Read full review
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