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The Story of Mathematics

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The mysterious tally sticks of prehistoric peoples and the terrestrial maps used for trade, exploration, and warfare; the perennial fascination with the motions of heavenly bodies and changed perspectives on the art and science of vision: all are testament to a mathematics at the heart of history. This visually stunning volume takes the reader on an illustrated tour of mat
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 28th 2001 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Babak Fakhamzadeh
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, reference
Nice to see a book on mathematics released through mainstream publishing even though it's a glossy and feels more like a coffee table book. A lot of the book can unfortunately only be of interest to readers with a decent understanding of history and math but then also leaves a very unsatisfactory feeling, glossing over too many explanations, leaving out details that I, for one, would be interested in, having forgotten a lot of the maths I learned at university.

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Bernard
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mathematics, history
I used this book when I took a course in the history of mathematics and it was very interesting to see the techniques that the Egyptians, Greeks, etc. used to solve problems. We also had to utilize their techniques in class to solve problems (e.g. finding the roots of polynomials with a compass and straightedge, constructing rational numbers with Egyptian fractions, etc.) without the use of modern mathematics and it was pretty neat.
Leah Webber
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read of the history of math, from the first recorded scratchings on cave walls to modern theories.
Mckinley
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
Interesting. Pacts a lot in.
Cassandra
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se lit super facilement, plein de belles images... Ça fait réaliser quel immense chemin a été parcouru depuis les premières civilisations et combien c'est beau les maths!
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