## Mathematics: The Science of Patterns: The Search for Order in Life, Mind and the UniverseTo most people, mathematics means working with numbers. But as Keith Devlin shows in Mathematics: The Science of Patterns, this definition has been out of date for nearly 2,500 years. Mathematicians now see their work as the study of patterns—real or imagined, visual or mental, arising from the natural world or from within the human mind.Using this basic definition as his central theme, Devlin explores the patterns of counting, measuring, reasoning, motion, shape, position, and prediction, revealing the powerful influence mathematics has over our perception of reality. Interweaving historical highlights and current developments, and using a minimum of formulas, Devlin celebrates the precision, purity, and elegance of mathematics. |

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User Review - Pvw - GoodreadsMaybe it's hard to imagine a book on maths as something you would read in your spare time. I did, however, and it was one of the most fascinating and intellectually stimulating books I have ever read ... Read full review

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User Review - Nick Gotch - GoodreadsFantastic book on the history and trivia around mathematics as well as a good premise that math is all about finding patterns. So many things I learned from this book. Read full review

### Contents

Reasoning and Communicating 3 7 | 37 |

Motion and Change | 73 |

Shape | 105 |

Symmetry and Regularity | 145 |

Position | 173 |

Postscript | 209 |

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