The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities'If you want to encourage anyone's interest in math, get them The Mathematical Universe...it is enchanting to read. 'New Scientist'A fascinating collection of essays that touch every facet of the history of mathematics, this is sure to be one of the largest of the crown jewels of popular mathematics.'Journal of Recreational MathematicsNow in paper!This engaging excursion from the acclaimed author of Journey Through Genius offers a rare profile of the great proofs, conundrums, disputes, and solutions that have shaped the world of mathematics. Alphabetically arranged from Arithmetic to Zero, this tour chances upon everything from the antics of the battling Bernoulli brothers to the wonders of Fibonacci series to the quandry of Russell's Paradox.A Book of the Month Club, Quality Paperback, and History Book Club selectionWILLIAM DUNHAM, PhD, (Allentown, Pennsylvania) teaches math at Muhlenberg College. He is the author of Journey Through Genius (Wiley). 
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