Journey through genius: the great theorems of mathematicsA rare combination of the historical, biographical, and mathematicalgenius, this book is a fascinating introduction to a neglected field of human creativity. Dunham places mathematical theorem, along with masterpieces of art, music, and literature and gives them the attention they deserve. 
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User Review  nmarun  LibraryThingIt felt great reading this book because it took me back to my school days where we learned these concepts/theorems along with their proofs. The book brings history and mathematics together which was ... Read full review
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User Review  arron_kau  LibraryThingMathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere […] and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. —Bertrand Russell This is one of the best books I've read on the history of mathematics. Highly recommended. Read full review
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Hippocrates Quadrature of the Lune ca 440 b c  1 
Euclids Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem ca 300 b c  27 
Euclid and the Infinitude of Primes ca 300 B c  61 
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