Mathematics in Western Culture 
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User Review  CJ  GoodreadsA very wellwritten book. I started out reading this in preparation for taking Calculus. Having gone through Calc 2, I realize now I probably didn't have to read this in order to do well in class. But ... Read full review
Review: Mathematics in Western Culture
User Review  GoodreadsA very wellwritten book. I started out reading this in preparation for taking Calculus. Having gone through Calc 2, I realize now I probably didn't have to read this in order to do well in class. But ... Read full review
Contents
Introduction True and False Conceptions  3 
The Rule of Thumb in Mathematics  13 
The Birth of the Mathematical Spirit  24 
The Elements of Euclid  40 
Placing a Yardstick to the Stars  60 
Nature Acquires Reason  74 
Interlude  89 
Renewal of the Mathematical Spirit  99 
Religion  257 
Literature and Aesthetics  272 
The Sine of G Major  287 
Mastery of the Ether Waves  304 
The Science of Human Nature  322 
The Statistical Ap proach to the Study of Man  340 
Prediction and Probability  359 
The Statistical View of Nature  376 
The Harmony of the World  110 
Painting and Perspective  126 
Projective Geometry  144 
A Discourse on Method  159 
The Quantitative Approach to Nature  182 
The Deduction of Universal Laws  196 
The Calculus  214 
Science and Philosophy  234 
The Paradoxes of the Infinite  395 
New Geometries New Worlds  410 
The Theory of Relativity  432 
Method and Art  453 
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