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# The World of Mathematics

A monumental four-volume reference 15 years in the making, The World of Mathematics was specially designed to make mathematics more accessible to the inexperienced. It comprises nontechnical essays on every aspect of the vast subject, including articles by and about scores of eminent mathematicians, as well as literary figures, economists, biologists, and many other eminen
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Paperback, 2576 pages

Published
November 6th 2003
by Dover Publications Inc.
(first published January 1st 1956)

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This isn't dry, abstract math. This is living, breathing, and accessible independent essays, explanations, biographies, histories, and snippets that touch on most aspect of the math community. Anyone can pick up a volume of this, browse for a few minutes, and find some section in ...more

It's a found treasure... and once I found it, I bought a dozen sets to give away to math-interested parties I encounter.

I'll add more detail later, but the gist of this is that it's a set of 133 papers by original authors, most of whom are mathematicians of one stripe or another, skillfully chosen and wonderfully commented upon by Newman.

It's more a book about math than a math book, and once you have finished a volume or two (I am on #3 right now), you'll feel well ...more

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James Roy Newman was an American mathematician & mathematical historian. He was also a lawyer, practicing in NY state from 1929 to 1941. During & after WWII, he held several positions in the US government, including Chief Intelligence Officer at the US Embassy in London, Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of War & Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Atomic Energy. In the latter
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