Taming the Infinite: The Story of Mathematics
From ancient Babylon to the last great unsolved problems, Ian Stewart brings us his definitive history of mathematics. In his famous straightforward style, Professor Stewart explains each major development - from the first number systems to chaos theory - and considers how each affected society and changed everyday life forever.Maintaining a personal touch, he introduces all of the outstanding mathematicians of history, from the key Babylonians, Greeks and Egyptians, via Newton and Descartes, to Fermat, Babbage and Gödel, and demystifies maths' key concepts without recourse to complicated formulae. Written to provide a captivating historic narrative for the non-mathematician, A Babylonian Made My Blackberry is packed with fascinating nuggets and quirky asides, and contains 100 illustrations and diagrams to illuminate and aid understanding of a subject many dread, but which has made our world what it is today.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - encephalical - LibraryThing
Like many pop math books, the author will spend great care explaining a concept, then turn around and throw out a bunch of terms without context. Read full review
Taming the Infinite: The Story of Mathematics from the First Numbers to Chaos TheoryUser Review - Candice Kail - Book Verdict
Have you ever thought of math as terrific fun? Stewart (mathematics, Univ. of Warwick, UK; Why Beauty Is Truth: The History of Symmetry) makes it that and more. His engaging writing style draws ... Read full review