Exploring the World of Mathematics

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Master Books, 2004 - Mathematics - 157 pages
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Math doesn t have to be difficult, and John Tiner shows that it can actually be fun. Students of different ages and skill levels can use this fascinating book. Intended as a supplement to a homeschool curriculum, it s more than just a math book. Tracing the history of mathematics principles and theory, it includes stories and tips showing math to be practical for everyday use. It also uses many examples of mathematics from the Bible and explains the timekeeping methods used in biblical times. Included are: Basic mathematical principles including some simple algebra, geometry, and scientific math Egyptian and Greek contributions to mathematics Math involving time, the seasons, and measurement Lots of fun activities illustrating mathematical principles Chapter tests (answers included in back) Over 150 illustrations and diagrams"

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1. Counting the Years (1582, creation day 4, Egyptians, Romans, Caesar)
2. Hours (Egyptians, Romans, Ptolemy)
3. Measuring (Noah, Roman, Mark Twain, France)
4. Metric (1700, France, Newton, Fahrenheit, Thomson, 1709, 1850)
5. Practical Math (Egyptians)
6. Greek Math (Thales, 600 BC, Archimedes, Pythagoras, 1610 Kepler, Euclid)
7. Names for Numbers (Greek, Babylonian, Roman, Arabs, 1200 Fibonacci)
8. Number Patterns (3300 Summer, Eratosthenes, Fibonacci)
9. Endless Numbers (Pirate ships, Whales)
10. Math for Scientists (1637 Descartes, Hook, Galileo, Huygens, Boyle, 1882 Lindemann)
11. Pure Applied Math (1700 Euler, 900, 1400, 1852, 1970, 1642 Newton, 1600 Pascal, Fermat, Wiles)
12. Computing Machines (Kepler, 1600 1700, 1960, 1999, 1800, Napier, Babbage)
13. Bits and Bytes (Leibniz 1695, Moore 2000, Allen 1900, Hooper 1906)
14. Math on Vacation (Peter of the Bible, 1400 Duret, Pythagoras, Euclid, Archimedes, Fibonacci, Descartes, Fermat, Pascal, Gauss, Euler, 1665)

About the author (2004)

John Tiner received five National Science Foundation teaching fellowships during his 12 years as a teacher of science and mathematics that allowed him to study graduate chemistry, astronomy, and mathematics. He also worked as a mathematician and cartographer for the Defense Mapping Agency, Aerospace Center in St. Louis. He has received numerous honors for his writing, including the Missouri Writer's Guild Award for best juvenile book for Exploring the World of Chemistry. He and his wife, Jeanene, live in Missouri.

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