The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities

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Wiley, Feb 18, 1997 - Mathematics - 320 pages
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'If you want to encourage anyone's interest in math, get them The Mathematical Universe...it is enchanting to read. '--New Scientist'A fascinating collection of essays that touch every facet of the history of mathematics, this is sure to be one of the largest of the crown jewels of popular mathematics.'--Journal of Recreational MathematicsNow in paper!This engaging excursion from the acclaimed author of Journey Through Genius offers a rare profile of the great proofs, conundrums, disputes, and solutions that have shaped the world of mathematics. Alphabetically arranged from Arithmetic to Zero, this tour chances upon everything from the antics of the battling Bernoulli brothers to the wonders of Fibonacci series to the quandry of Russell's Paradox.A Book of the Month Club, Quality Paperback, and History Book Club selectionWILLIAM DUNHAM, PhD, (Allentown, Pennsylvania) teaches math at Muhlenberg College. He is the author of Journey Through Genius (Wiley).

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Review: The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities

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Very inspiring. Read full review

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User Review  - Emma - Goodreads

Because I couldn't write this for the work I had to do on it. An alphabetised look on the whole of maths, as good as a work of fiction but with complicated maths as a storyline and 18th Century mathematicians as characters. Read full review

Contents

Arithmetic
1
Bernoulli Trials
11
Circle
23
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

WILLIAM DUNHAM, Ph.D., is the Truman Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The author of the acclaimed Journey Through Genius, he was awarded the 1993 George Pólya Award of the Mathematical Association of America for excellence in expository writing about mathematics. He is also the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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