Mathematics for the MillionTaking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this famous book through the whole course from simple arithmetic to calculus. His illuminating explanation is addressed to the person who wants to understand the place of mathematics in modern civilization but who has been intimidated by its supposed difficulty. Mathematics is the language of size, shape, and ordera language Hogben shows one can both master and enjoy. 
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Review: Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers
User Review  Christian  GoodreadsA sweep of some grandeur over the rise of mathematics, from calendar civilisations to the great flowering in Alexandria and beyond. A breathtaking achievement. Read full review
Review: Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers
User Review  hyacinth  GoodreadsDecent math, dry exposition, intrusive politics. George Orwell quotes Hogben among others in his essay Politics and the English Language as examples of writing "below the average" that exhibit "staleness of imagery" and "lack of precision". Fitting. Read full review
Contents
PROLOGUE  9 
MATHEMATICS IN REMOTE  33 
THE GRAMMAR OF SIZE  75 
EUCLID AS A SPRINGBOARD  118 
NUMBER LORE IN ANTIQUITY  167 
THE RISE AND DECLINE  205 
THE DAWN OF NOTHING  243 
MATHEMATICS FOR  294 
THE GEOMETRY OF MOTION  343 
LOGARITHMS AND  402 
THE CALCULUS OF NEWTON  454 
THE ALGEBRA OF  521 
THE ALGEBRA OF CHOICE  551 
TABLES  616 
ANSWERS TO SOME OF  634 
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