Mathematics for the Million

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1968 - Mathematics - 648 pages
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Taking 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 order--a language Hogben shows one can both master and enjoy.
 

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First published in 1937 and reprinted several times since, Hogben's book took everybody's worst subject and explained it in a way that made it comprehensible to the average person. For this edition ... Read full review

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I have a 1967 edition of this book from Pan Books, that I bought in 1977. I have read it several times cover to cover, and it has been my reference and bed-side book for decades. Incidentally, my 90-year-old father had a first edition of the book.
How's that for durability of a book?!

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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About the author (1968)

Lancelot Hogben was born in Southsea, Hampshire, England, in 1895 and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University, where he obtained his M.S. degree. he received his D.Sc. degree from London Unversity and an honorary LL.D. from Birmingham Univesity. His other popular books include Science for the Citizen and (with Frederick Bodmer) The Loom of Language.

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