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I haven't finished this book, so this review can't be considered complete, but the thing I noticed the most about the introduction is that the author subscribes to a naive and quite arrogant Whig history oriented towards a plebeian narrative about mathematics moving from a toy of the aristocracy to a tool for the common man. This wouldn't be too annoying in a normal mathematics textbook, except for the fact that this one claims to introduce the subject via the historical context of the subject. Moreover, the philosophical perspective Hogben betrays here ranges from questionable ('Platonism in mathematics has been shattered because of Einstein' p 21) to mostly false ('zeno's Achilles and the Tortoise paradox has been resolved by modern numerical notation and calculus' pp 10-14). Moreover, his account of Plato in particular and the history of ideas in general seems so far little better than a self-serving caricature. This is what is whiggish in him, and it should bother anyone who (1) knows about history and who (2) thinks they are gaining a legitimate historical knowledge from reading this book. Perhaps there will be more subtlety in chapters to come. I can only hope so.
Review: Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of NumbersUser Review - 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 ...
Mathematics in Remote Antiquity
The Grammar of Size Order and Shape
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