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# The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics (The ... Book: 250 Milestones in the History of ...)

Math’s infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this follow-up to the best-selling

*The Science Book*. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient “ant odometers” and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about as they dip into this inviting anthology: c ...moreHardcover, 528 pages

Published
September 1st 2009
by Sterling
(first published 2009)

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The structure of the book is to have 3 or 4 paragraphs that

Although the book is not a complete history, then again 500 pages would be barely enough to cover a complete history, but "The Math Book" covers some essential points. Pickover tried to do a couple of things when he wrote ...more

I'm very glad I bought it. I found it very interesting.

The writer doesn't always succeed to explain the complex matter into terms I understood, but most of the time he does. And it doesn't always stick to the theories, often it just tells about the scientists behind the science, the times they lived in, what practical fields it is used in, why it is important, ...

You do not have to have a scientific background to like th ...more

One intere ...more

Each subject has been devoted one page of text and one more or less related full-colour image on the opposite page. The result is a visually attractive encyclopedia that is easy to follow. Pickover's enthusiastic, and for the most part layman-friendly writing completes ...more

If the answer to any of the above was "no", then this is a book with a serious chance of changing your mind.

This book is essentially a highlight reel of math history. With a quick page-long summary (coupled with some interesting art), the author briefly explains some mathematical development, how it happened, who did it, and occasionally an amusing little side note to the history as well.

The topics covered range from the fairly well ...more

For me this short figurative jaunt on the math highlands works as a general purpose inspirational nudge. Prime ...more

However I have never thought that zero had to be created, plus a whole lot of other creations that make our world what it is today

Not to mention rubiks cube and instant insanity

A speedy and easy read as the author talks about one math item per page with an illustration on the other page, so nice digestible bites

Too often were illustrations lazily chosen and resembled clipart. A significant number of entries were references to math texts, which were important, but nowhere nearly as interesting as other findings or quandaries in math.

There was a heavy ...more

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The now-ubiquitous word "awesome" is, sadly, the only word I can use to describe this book. I can't speak loud enough over the noise of Pickover shouting, "LOOK HOW F***ING AWESOME I AM! LOOK, MATHS! IT'S THE F***ING S***, RIGHT?!"

Well, maybe not exactly that, but you get the general idea. Honestly, I will keep this book near me for quite a long time to come, just opening it at a random entry to see what piece of incredible general awesomeness I can find. I mean first there's some ants, and then ...more

Well, maybe not exactly that, but you get the general idea. Honestly, I will keep this book near me for quite a long time to come, just opening it at a random entry to see what piece of incredible general awesomeness I can find. I mean first there's some ants, and then ...more

Alleen al door de prachtige foto's! Heel leuk en enthousiast geschreven met veel zin voor historische anekdotes en referenties.

Van priemgetallen, over de stelling van Fermat tot bijna holyeders in de Antarctische ijsmassa.

Mijn favorieten zijn de imaginaire getallen (1572)van de Italiaanse ingenieur Rafael Bombelli, beroemd voor zijn notatie van de vierkantswo ...more

Setting aside the obvious "why this and not that?" question about what was included, I loved this book. He wrote each entry in a way that was easy for a nonmath person to understand (at least

*I*think so), but that didn't dumb it down or make it uninteresting to the mathy type. I have to say, despite my math degree, I learned a lot from this book -- ...more

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Clifford A. Pickover is an American author, editor, and columnist in the fields of science, mathematics, and science fiction, and is employed at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, New York.

He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he conducted research on X-ray scattering and protein structure. Pickover graduated ...more

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He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he conducted research on X-ray scattering and protein structure. Pickover graduated ...more

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