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# An Introduction to Mathematics (Classic Reprint)

AN INTKODUCTION TO MATHEMATICS CHAPTER I the abstract nature of mathematics The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment. The important applications of the science, the theoretical interest of its ideas, and the logical rigour of its methods, all generate the expectation of a speedy introduction to processes of interest. We are told that by its aid the sta...more

Paperback, 276 pages

Published
May 17th 2012
by Forgotten Books
(first published January 1st 1958)

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*What is Mathematics?*That book and this one should switch titles. When a student puts down

*What is Mathematics?*they will know how to do various types of math problems, but not what math is. And when a student puts down this book, they will have a general idea of what math is, and won’t be able to solve any problems.

This is actually my favorite book of mathematics that I’ve read (which isn’t saying very much). I...more

This text is just over 100 years old, but despite a few changes in notation and some anachronisms (it mentions the ether when describing physics)...more

There are good paragraphs and I appreciate the book because it was probably one of the first books that attempted to talk about mathematics to a general audience.

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“The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment... We are told that by its aid the stars are weighed and the billions of molecules in a drop of water are counted. Yet, like the ghost of Hamlet's father, this great science eludes the efforts of our mental weapons to grasp it.”
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