A Curious History of Mathematics: The Big Ideas from Early Number Concepts to Chaos Theory

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Because learning the language of mathematics can be daunting, many people abandon the attempt as soon as they leave school, missing out on the beauty and mystery of the Empress of the Sciences. Now, Joel Levy opens new doors into this amazing world. By taking a historical perspective, he explains how mathematical science advanced through the ages, introducing the most important concepts—from simple arithmetic, through algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus, up to chaos and infinity theory—in ...
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Overview

Because learning the language of mathematics can be daunting, many people abandon the attempt as soon as they leave school, missing out on the beauty and mystery of the Empress of the Sciences. Now, Joel Levy opens new doors into this amazing world. By taking a historical perspective, he explains how mathematical science advanced through the ages, introducing the most important concepts—from simple arithmetic, through algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus, up to chaos and infinity theory—in understandable, nontechnical language.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780233003856
  • Publisher: Carlton Books
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 226,726
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Levy is a popular science writer who has written for publications as diverse as Marie Claire, Daily Express, Independent on Sunday, and the Fortean Times. He has published more than 15 books including A Bee in a Cathedral (A&C Black Publishers), The Bedside Book of Chemistry (Murdoch Books Pty), Newton's Notebook (The History Press), and Poison: A Social History (The History Press). 

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  • Posted December 19, 2014

    Get your pencils ready.

    In the early pages of this book Mr. Levy tells us that we'll understand some basic mathematical principles by reading his book. He's right. But don't forget to have a paper and pencil handy to work with his explanations. A lot of interesting mathematical history in this volume. Take your time and be rewarded.

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