Numbers at Work: A Cultural Perspective

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Taylor & Francis, May 31, 2007 - Mathematics - 224 pages
Drawing primarily from historical examples, this book explains the tremendous role that numbers and, in particular, mathematics play in all aspects of our civilization and culture. The lively style and illustrative examples will engage the reader who wants to understand the many ways in which mathematics enables science, technology, art, music, politics, and rational foundations of human thought. Each chapter focuses on the influence of mathematics in a specific field and on a specific historical figure, such as "Pythagoras: Numbers and Symbol"; "Bach: Numbers and Music"; "Descartes: Numbers and Space."

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A highly respected applied mathematician, the author was Austrias Scientist of the Year 2004. He is also the creator of, a one-of-a-kind project located at the Viennese MuseumsQuartier, one of the worlds ten biggest museum complexes. It opened in January 2003 with the goal of showing that mathematics is one of the highest cultural achievements of our society.

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