1089 and All That: A Journey into Mathematics
David Acheson's extraordinary little book makes mathematics accessible to everyone. From very simple beginnings he takes us on a thrilling journey to some deep mathematical ideas. On the way, via Kepler and Newton, he explains what calculus really means, gives a brief history of pi, and even takes us to chaos theory and imaginary numbers. Every short chapter is carefully crafted to ensure that no one will get lost on the journey. Packed with puzzles and illustrated by world famous cartoonists, this is one of the most readable and imaginative books on mathematics ever written.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - daschaich - LibraryThing
Minireview: This slight volume, both slim and small, introduces some of the central ideas and most famous results of mathematics, focusing on methods of proof and interesting applications. Few details ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fpagan - LibraryThing
A marvel of minimalism: starting from the Pythagorean theorem, just 170 undersized, large-print pages manage to introduce, without seeming to hurry, number theory, algebra, analytic geometry, calculus, infinite series, chaos theory, complex exponentials, and more. Read full review