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The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities

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Contains a wealth of amusing stories and little known facts from the annals of math. All proofs and equations are introduced through easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanations. Discusses some of the most intriguing mysteries such as Russell's Paradox. Features brief biographies of many great mathematicians including Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell and Hypatia of Alexandria.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 18th 1997 by Wiley (first published 1994)
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Jose lana
Dec 09, 2015 Jose lana rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, mathematics
A understable book whith a background of high shool level;it is alphabeticlly ordered ,for example L for Leibnitz,E for Euler,D for diferential calculus ,P for prime number theorem and so on
David
Mar 29, 2013 David rated it really liked it
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A solid, clear overview of mathematics, both simple and advanced. For anyone who wants a grounding in general math topics, this seems just about perfect. For someone who wants a more organized system, this will disappoint you (he jumps from topic to topic, based on the alphabet), and for someone like me who wants tougher questions answered ("what is Hilbert space?" "What is a Cauchy sequence?" etc.), this won't do much to help. But even though I realized it was the wrong book for my project, I ...more
Chelsea M
Apr 19, 2014 Chelsea M rated it liked it
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I liked the author's style - witty, but casual and disarming. The stories and analyses of the "background" behind histories and characters of mathematics fascinated me, but the mathematical ideas themselves were rather simple, most of it being at high-school level. I wish I had found this book a few years before, when these ideas were new to me.
Emma
Feb 29, 2012 Emma added it
Because I couldn't write this for the work I had to do on it.
An alphabetised look on the whole of maths, as good as a work of fiction but with complicated maths as a storyline and 18th Century mathematicians as characters.
Scott
May 16, 2008 Scott rated it really liked it
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A fascinating(and often humorous) look at the history of mathematics and the personalities involved in it's development. It's written to the non-mathematician, so don't let the subject matter dissuade you from reading it. Great book.
Bonny
Aug 06, 2015 Bonny rated it really liked it
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This is a great book to introduce some of history's fascinating and lesser-known mathematicians. I read it primarily for some background on Euler, but also found interesting information about Newton, Liebniz and others.
Jennifer
Sep 08, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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Really enjoyable and enlightening book - does rather stretch a point or two on it's alphabetical nature but well put together
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