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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Review: Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers

User Review  - Christian - Goodreads

A 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 - Goodreads

Decent 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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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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