Mathematics: From the Birth of NumbersThis extraordinary work takes the reader on a long and fascinating journeyfrom the dual invention of numbers and language, through the major realms of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, to the final destination of differential equations, with excursions into mathematical logic, set theory, topology, fractals, probability, and assorted other mathematical byways. The book is unique among popular books on mathematics in combining an engaging, easytoread history of the subject with a comprehensive mathematical survey text. Intended, in the author's words, "for the benefit of those who never studied the subject, those who think they have forgotten what they once learned, or those with a sincere desire for more knowledge," it links mathematics to the humanities, linguistics, the natural sciences, and technology. Contains more than 1000 original technical illustrations, a multitude of reproductions from mathematical classics and other relevant works, and a generous sprinkling of humorous asides, ranging from limericks and tall stories to cartoons and decorative drawings. 
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User Review  Max  GoodreadsFor someone who loves stories, this is an excellent (and thorough) introduction to mathematics and the stories behind its creation. Reading it reignited my interest in math. Read full review
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User Review  Maureen H.  GoodreadsI forget where I learned of this book but I thought it would be interesting and probably challenging to see how much of my math I remembered. I didn't find the history portion of the book to be of ... Read full review
Contents
Numbers and Language  1 
Systems of Numeration  31 
Types of Numbers  69 
Cornerstones of Mathematics  97 
Combinatorics  183 
Symbolic Logic  215 
Set Theory  231 
Introduction to Sequences and Series  263 
Introduction to Integral Calculus  721 
Power Series  765 
Indeterminate Limits  779 
Complex Numbers Revisited  787 
Extrema and Critical Points  797 
Arc Length  827 
Centroids  837 
Area  851 
Theory of Equations  295 
Introduction to Functions  335 
Overture to the Geometries  363 
Elementary Geometry  385 
Trigonometry  457 
Hyperbolic Functions  533 
Analytic Geometry  547 
Vector Analysis  599 
Fractals  625 
Matrices and Determinants  637 
Embarking on Calculus  671 
Introduction to Differential Calculus  683 
Volume  871 
Motion  891 
Harmonic Analysis  907 
Methods of Approximation  923 
Probability Theory  961 
Differential Equations  989 
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