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# Het wiskundeboek (The ... Book: 250 Milestones in the History of ...)

Dit prachtig geïllustreerde wiskundeboek bevat 250 van de meest intrigerende mijlpalen uit de geschiedenis van de wiskunde. Op originele wijze beschrijft de auteur Pickover de stellingen, reeksen, functies, uitvindingen, problemen et cetera. Het boek brengt de lezer in vervoering en is geenszins saai of droog van stof. Het geeft de hersenpan een positieve boost.

Hardcover, Jubileum aanbieding 25 jaar Librero, 528 pages

Published
2010
by Librero
(first published 2009)

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Jun 25, 2010
Sean
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really liked it
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Shelves:
nonfiction,
mathematics

The first thing I did when I picked up this book was look up Kovalevskaya in the index. As in Sofia Kovalevksaya, mathematical genius and pioneering female mathematician and academician of the 19th century. And there she was, a full page on one of my heroes. Weierstrass's unsung research partner. The first woman in Europe to obtain a doctorate in mathematics and only the third female full professor. This article and the article on Emmy Noether (a female mathematical genius of even higher stature
...more

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

The structure of the book is to have 3 or 4 paragraphs that

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

Oct 23, 2013
David
rated it
it was amazing
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Shelves:
mathematics,
science

Following a sort of chronological ordering from the very ancient to the present, each two page spread involves some curious aspect of mathematical significance, with a decidedly curious bent toward a particular philosophical stance on the matter of whether mathematics is created or discovered. Pickover seems to lean toward the discovery side of this argument, which in no way lessens the way he goes from a desert ant that has some method of "counting" its steps (which begs the question of how an
...more

Sep 11, 2009
Mikko Karvonen
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really liked it
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Shelves:
non-fiction,
mathematics

The Math Book is basically a sweeping history of mathematics told through 250 key milestones. It does not even try to be detailed or all-encompassing, but aims to track the way and rate mathematics has developed over the millenia.

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

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

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

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

One intere ...more

Dec 17, 2012
Daniel Wright
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it was amazing
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review of another edition

Shelves:
science,
mathematics

The now-ubiquitous word "awesome" is, sadly, the only word I can use to describe this book. I can't speak loud enough over the noise of Pickover shouting, "LOOK HOW F***ING AWESOME I AM! LOOK, MATHS! IT'S THE F***ING S***, RIGHT?!"

Well, maybe not exactly that, but you get the general idea. Honestly, I will keep this book near me for quite a long time to come, just opening it at a random entry to see what piece of incredible general awesomeness I can find. I mean first there's some ants, and then ...more

Well, maybe not exactly that, but you get the general idea. Honestly, I will keep this book near me for quite a long time to come, just opening it at a random entry to see what piece of incredible general awesomeness I can find. I mean first there's some ants, and then ...more

Nov 07, 2016
David
rated it
it was ok
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review of another edition

Shelves:
science-engineering,
did-not-finish

When I learned about Pickover, I was excited. The man is a polymath, and writes quite well. This book has illustrations on every facing page. The text to the left is a one-page account of something mathematical.

To me, alas, this is a non-book--a strung-together collection of blog posts and musings, without system or direction, other than a general past-to-present chronology. Still ain't goin' nowhere, as the song goes.

I wish it weren't so, but I fear Pickover lacks an internal editor, and his p ...more

To me, alas, this is a non-book--a strung-together collection of blog posts and musings, without system or direction, other than a general past-to-present chronology. Still ain't goin' nowhere, as the song goes.

I wish it weren't so, but I fear Pickover lacks an internal editor, and his p ...more

Alleen al door de prachtige foto's! Heel leuk en enthousiast geschreven met veel zin voor historische anekdotes en referenties.

Van priemgetallen, over de stelling van Fermat tot bijna holyeders in de Antarctische ijsmassa.

Mijn favorieten zijn de imaginaire getallen (1572)van de Italiaanse ingenieur Rafael Bombelli, beroemd voor zijn notatie van de vierkantswo ...more

It may sound daunting, especially for your average person. But if you really love math concepts, and you really love reading, then perhaps you might want to give this one a go. The writing is great, and the picture that accompanies each description offers a perfect balance to an otherwise not-so-interesting subject for many. At over 500 pages, you'll be reading this for a long time; at least, if you're the type of person that liter ...more

Setting aside the obvious "why this and not that?" question about what was included, I loved this book. He wrote each entry in a way that was easy for a nonmath person to understand (at least

*I*think so), but that didn't dumb it down or make it uninteresting to the mathy type. I have to say, despite my math degree, I learned a lot from this book -- ...more

Putting Numb3rs in there though was a complete joke.

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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

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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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