One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics

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Vintage Books, 2012 - Mathematics - 210 pages

The acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Infinite Ascent offers an enlightening and enthralling tour of the basics of mathematics, and reveals a world of fascination in fundamental mathematical ideas.
 
One, Two, Three is David Berlinski’s captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics, its fundamental ideas, and why they matter. By unraveling the complex answers to these most elementary questions—What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, and other functions actually work? What are geometry and logic?—Berlinski reveals the intricacy behind their seemingly simple exteriors. Peppered with enlightening historical anecdotes and asides on some of history’s most fascinating mathematicians, One, Two, Three, revels in the beauty of numbers as Berlinski shows us how and why these often slippery concepts are as essential to the field of mathematics as to who we are.

 

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Berlinski (Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics; A Tour of the Calculus; The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions) here discusses the "commons" of mathematics: natural ... Read full review

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Philosopher and math populizer Berlinski (The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, 2008, etc.) takes on the challenge of explaining the logical foundation of the elementary ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
16
Section 4
22
Section 5
36
Section 6
41
Section 7
49
Section 8
57
Section 15
102
Section 16
111
Section 17
116
Section 18
121
Section 19
129
Section 20
135
Section 21
144
Section 22
151

Section 9
61
Section 10
70
Section 11
79
Section 12
83
Section 13
90
Section 14
95
Section 23
168
Section 24
170
Section 25
183
Section 26
193
Section 27
197
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About the author (2012)

David Berlinski received a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has taught mathematics and philosophy at universities in the United States and France, and currently lives in Paris.

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