The Art of the Infinite: Our Lost Language of Numbers

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Penguin UK, Aug 26, 2004 - Mathematics - 336 pages
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It is easy to be wary of mathematics - but as this book shows, drawing on science, literature and philosophy, its patterns are evrywhere. In witty and eloquent prose, Robert and Ellen Kaplan take mathematics back to its estranged audience, bringing understanding and clarity to a traditionally difficult subject, and revealing the beauty behind the equations. Only by letting loose our curiosity can we learn to appreciate the wonder that can be found in mathematics - an 'art' invented by humans, which is also timeless.
  

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Review: The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics

User Review  - Mary Sonnabend - Goodreads

Mathematics is something that I find interesting, but definitely wish I knew more about. So, I went to my local library looking for a good book on math to give me an introduction to the subject. When ... Read full review

Review: The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics

User Review  - Dewayne Stark - Goodreads

Have always been interested in prime number after I read an article about them in 1958. This book has interest items about prime numbers in i Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
An Invitation
Time and the mind
How Do We Hold These Truths?
Designs on a Locked Chest
The Infinite and the Indefinite
Skipping Stones
Euclid Alone
The Eagle of Algebra
Into the Highlands
The Infinite and the Unknown
Back of Beyond
The Abyss
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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About the author (2004)

Co-authors Robert and Ellen Kaplan are husband and wife. Robert Kaplan has taught mathematics (most recently at Harvard Universtiy). He also taught Greek, German, Sanskrit and inspred guessing. In addition to teaching mathematics at Harvard University, Ellen Kaplan has taught history, Latin and biology. Together they have founded The Math Circle, a school for the enjoyment of pure mathematics.

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