Mathematics for the Million

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1968 - Mathematics - 648 pages
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Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this famous book through the whole course from simple arithmetic to calculus. His illuminating explanation is addressed to the person who wants to understand the place of mathematics in modern civilization but who has been intimidated by its supposed difficulty. Mathematics is the language of size, shape, and order—a language Hogben shows one can both master and enjoy.
  

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Review: Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers

User Review  - Krollo - Goodreads

Surprisingly good for a lefty discussion of relatively easy maths. The parts where Hogben teaches us about how numbers work are wonderful examples of math instruction; the parts where he waxes lyrical about socialism could well lead to a wonderful example of mass destruction. Read full review

Review: Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers

User Review  - Owen - Goodreads

Hard 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

Contents

PROLOGUE
9
MATHEMATICS IN REMOTE
33
THE GRAMMAR OF SIZE
75
EUCLID AS A SPRINGBOARD
118
NUMBER LORE IN ANTIQUITY
167
THE RISE AND DECLINE
205
THE DAWN OF NOTHING
243
MATHEMATICS FOR
294
THE GEOMETRY OF MOTION
343
LOGARITHMS AND
402
THE CALCULUS OF NEWTON
454
THE ALGEBRA OF
521
THE ALGEBRA OF CHOICE
551
TABLES
616
ANSWERS TO SOME OF
634
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Lancelot Hogben--a prolific British writer on topics as diverse as science, history, and politics--was born in Southsea, England, in 1895. Hogben was educated at Cambridge as a biologist, but never limited himself to a single field of inquiry. He is best remembered for his many books for adults and children that attempted to make math and science available to popular audiences. In Mathematics for a Million (1936) and Science for a Citizen (1938), Hogben offered adult readers detailed and readable texts on difficult subjects. His many books for children include First Great Inventions (1950) and Before Science Began (1970). One of Hogben's most ambitious projects emerged rather accidentally; in 1940, he and his daughter were trapped in Oslo, Norway, by the German invasion. The best plan Hogben could devise to return home to England was by making a 20,000-mile detour through Sweden, Russia, Siberia, Japan, and the United States--a journey he details in Author in Transit, a travelogue complete with commentary on politics, culture, science, and history. Hogben's academic career included stints at universities in England, Scotland, Canada, South Africa, and Guyana. He died in 1975.

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