## A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular Mathematics WritingDespite what we may sometimes imagine, popular mathematics writing didn't begin with Martin Gardner. In fact, it has a rich tradition stretching back hundreds of years. This entertaining and enlightening anthology--the first of its kind--gathers nearly one hundred fascinating selections from the past 500 years of popular math writing, bringing to life a little-known side of math history. Ranging from the late fifteenth to the late twentieth century, and drawing from books, newspapers, magazines, and websites, Featuring many tricks, games, problems, and puzzles, as well as much history and trivia, the selections include a sixteenth-century guide to making a horizontal sundial; "Newton for the Ladies" (1739); Leonhard Euler on the idea of velocity (1760); "Mathematical Toys" (1785); a poetic version of the rule of three (1792); "Lotteries and Mountebanks" (1801); Lewis Carroll on the game of logic (1887); "Maps and Mazes" (1892); "Einstein's Real Achievement" (1921); "Riddles in Mathematics" (1945); "New Math for Parents" (1966); and "PC Astronomy" (1997). Organized by thematic chapters, each selection is placed in context by a brief introduction. A unique window into the hidden history of popular mathematics, Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions. |

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### Contents

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From Arithmetic to Algebra | 32 |

Problems Puzzles and Challenges | 62 |

Geometry and Trigonometry | 84 |

The Worlds of Mathematical Popularization | 108 |

Mathematical Instruments and How to Use Them | 152 |

Mathematicians Past | 176 |

Mathematics at Work | 216 |

Thoughts on Teaching and Learning Mathematics | 245 |

Reflections on Mathematics and Its Place in the World | 290 |

Fiction and Humor | 326 |

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