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

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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 ...more## Get A Copy

Hardcover, 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

It is very interesting how the author decided to attach an image to every aspect. You will find everything from paintings, graphs, photos, drawings. I consider that the images for each topic are so good and they just give so much more to the text-description. With this b ...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

Perhaps it can made you "know a lot" in terms of making a conversation. But I think it is of little help if someone wants to become an active thinker.

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

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

One intere ...more

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

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

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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

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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