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# Story of Mathematics

by
Ian Stewart

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Quercus Books

Date published: 2008

ISBN-13: 9781847240170

ISBN: 1847240178

Publisher: Quercus Books

Date published: 2008

ISBN-13: 9781847240170

ISBN: 1847240178

Hardcover, 272 pages

Published
February 28th 2008
by Quercus Books
(first published 2007)

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And I think he made these decis ...more

Having said that, it is still a fun book in many r ...more

Jul 18, 2017
Christine Cordula Dantas
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mathematics,
science_pop

A good summary of the history of mathematics (and mathematicians), in a clear and simple language. I recommend this book specially for young students, but general readers will also gain a good overview of mathematics, even if not particularly enthusiastic about this subject, as mathematical formulas can be skipped without loss of grasping the main historical facts. 3.5/5 stars.

With lots of sidebar digressions on figures and topics, this volume reminded me, in some respects, of my beloved "The Math Book" textbook that I recently found for sale again, used and purchased. The Story of Mathematics takes o ...more

*completely*from some of the more technical aspects in the way his colleagues do, he loses for having hand-drawn graphs; I know this is the hip thing to do nowadays, but it looks sloppy and occasionally obscures the information he's trying to convey.

Still, not the worst book ever written.

May 25, 2009
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
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Due back at the library Monday. Perhaps I'll return to it eventually. What I have read of this is entertaining enough, and I've even managed to thrill and amaze my Y12 class with some of my gleanings from its pages. Sadly, it had too much competition from more wildly interesting books which have appeared to demand my attention.

May 01, 2017
Maurizio Codogno
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storia-della-matematica

Di libri sulla storia della matematica ce ne sono tante, ognuna con il suo taglio: per esempio Carl Boyer ha un approccio più tecnico, mentre Morris Kline è più sul versante filosofico. Il guaio è che in entrambi i casi gli autori presuppongono che il lettore abbia una conoscenza abbastanza buona della matematica per non perdersi all'interno del testo. In questo libro Ian Stewart sceglie un approccio diverso: non può naturalmente eliminare tutta la matematica, ma cerca di ridurla al minimo indis
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Each chapter presented the same challenge - how far into it could I get before I didn't know what the hell it was on about? Some felled me on the first page, throwing out equations ...more

It lacked however, in mathematical proofs. To explain how someone made a breakthrough in mathematics the author would ...more

I'm going to hang onto this book as a reference if I ever need a summary of a given field of mathematics, but I'd struggle to know who to ...more

It is shorter than your average textbook, so nothing is too academic. This mak ...more

/Martijn

*wouldn't*recommend it to people with only an average grasp of the subject (GCSE or equivalent.) I did Pure Maths to A Level, and parts of it left me floundering. I love Professor Stewart's books usually, but I feel that this could have done with someone at th ...more

Overall, though, I'd recommend this book to anyone with a reasonable comprehension of maths who wants to get a grasp ...more

A lot of doubts that I had when I was studying computer science were remedied with this book. Know how the concepts were created (and imagined), clarified much of question of the type "Why is this the way it is?"

I'm not so good in mathematics (far from it), but this book is nice and I enjoy it, it helped me to connect some concepts and theories that I heard about.

The principal benefits of read this book is: the good perspective that it give to you about mathematics.

Highly recommended!

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Ian Nicholas Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science. He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes.

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