Number The Language of Science

ISBN-10: 0452288118
ISBN-13: 9780452288119
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 1/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Numberis an eloquent, accessible tour de force that reveals how the concept of number evolved from prehistoric times through the twentieth century. Tobias Dantzig shows that the development of mathfrom the invention of counting to the discovery of infinityis a profoundly human story that progressed by trying and erring, by groping and stumbling. He shows how commerce, war, and religion led to advances in math, and he recounts the stories of individuals whose breakthroughs expanded the concept of number and created the mathematics that we know today.

Tobias Dantzigwas born in Latvia, studied under the great mathematician Henri Poincar� in Paris, and immigrated to the United States in 1910. He taught at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia . University, and the University of Maryland. He died in 1956. Joseph Mazuris a professor of mathematics at Marlboro College, and is the author of Euclid in the Rainforest. Barry Mazuris the Gerhard Gade University Professor at Harvard University, and is the author of Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen) .

JOSEPH MAZURis a professor of mathematics at Marlboro College, where he has taught a variety of classes in mathematics, including its history and philosophy. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006 and is the author of Euclid in the Rainforest, which was a finalist for the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction.

Foreword
Editor's Note
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Fingerprints
The Empty Column
Number-lore
The Last Number
Symbols
The Unutterable
This Flowing World
The Art of Becoming
Filling the Gaps
The Domain of Number
The Anatomy of the Infinite
The Two Realities
On the Recording of Numbers
Topics in Integers
On Roots and Radicals
On Principles and Arguments
Afterword
Notes
Further Readings
Index

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