## 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 order--a language Hogben shows one can both master and enjoy. |

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#### Mathematics for the million

User Review - Not Available - Book VerdictFirst 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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Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers Lancelot Hogben Limited preview - 1993 |

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