Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  1 review
An account of pure and applied mathematics from the geometry of Euclid to that of Riemann, and its application in Einsteins theory of relativity. The 20 chapters cover such topics as: algebra, number theory, logic, probability, infinite sets and the foundations of mathematcs, rings, matrices, transformations, groups, geometry, and topology.
Paperback, 437 pages
Published September 30th 1996 by Mathematical Association of America (MAA) (first published January 1st 1952)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 49)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
A bit dated, but still very clear and interesting. I love how the history and the mathematics are both given the same importance. I enjoy his style, which changes from informal in places, to extremely technical in other, to even grandiose. A highly enjoyable book!
Leann added it
May 25, 2014
Agus Wibawantara
Agus Wibawantara marked it as to-read
May 01, 2014
Herculine marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2014
Aakarsh Nair
Aakarsh Nair marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2014
joana marked it as to-read
Nov 08, 2013
Marta marked it as to-read
Nov 08, 2013
Peggy marked it as to-read
Nov 08, 2013
K.O. marked it as to-read
Nov 06, 2013
Camelia marked it as to-read
Nov 02, 2013
Saurabh Saini
Saurabh Saini marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2013
Terrylin Mayfield
Terrylin Mayfield marked it as to-read
Jul 11, 2013
Frank Bacurau
Frank Bacurau marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2013
Mohd Firdaus
Mohd Firdaus marked it as to-read
Jun 11, 2013
Narongchai Saeung
Narongchai Saeung marked it as to-read
Jan 28, 2013
Didymus Aeonian
Didymus Aeonian marked it as to-read
Dec 20, 2012
Ippxkid marked it as to-read
Dec 12, 2012
Bob added it
Oct 13, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Eric Temple Bell (February 7, 1883 – December 21, 1960) was a mathematician and science fiction author born in Scotland who lived in the U.S. for most of his life. He published his non-fiction under his given name and his fiction as John Taine.
More about Eric Temple Bell...
Men of Mathematics The Magic of Numbers Men of Mathematics Volume Two The Development of Mathematics The Greatest Adventure

Share This Book

“These estimates may well be enhanced by one from F. Klein (1849-1925), the leading German mathematician of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. 'Mathematics in general is fundamentally the science of self-evident things.' ... If mathematics is indeed the science of self-evident things, mathematicians are a phenomenally stupid lot to waste the tons of good paper they do in proving the fact. Mathematics is abstract and it is hard, and any assertion that it is simple is true only in a severely technical sense—that of the modern postulational method which, as a matter of fact, was exploited by Euclid. The assumptions from which mathematics starts are simple; the rest is not.” 1 likes
“In his wretched life of less than twenty-seven years Abel accomplished so much of the highest order that one of the leading mathematicians of the Nineteenth Century (Hermite, 1822-1901) could say without exaggeration, 'Abel has left mathematicians enough to keep them busy for five hundred years.' Asked how he had done all this in the six or seven years of his working life, Abel replied, 'By studying the masters, not the pupils.” 1 likes
More quotes…