Mathematical Scandals

Mathematical Scandals

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by Theoni Pappas
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9781884550102
Publisher:
Wide World Publishing/Tetra
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Pages:
151
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.47(d)

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Mathematical Scandals 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a compilation of very short stories of mathematician biographies, the book is OK. I suppose it's nice to see at least one attempt at putting the human element to the field of mathematics. However, with only a few pages devoted to each individual, the book is probably better suited for generating interest within a younger crowd. It would have been helpful to see an overall timeline or summary diagram showing the interrelations among the individuals and topics rather than just a series of discrete stories. I was disappointed to see numerous grammatical and spelling errors in the book (I counted 5 alone in the first 40 pages). One would think that the demanding exactitude mathematicians must possess when presenting their own theorems and proofs would carry over into a simple grammar/spell check. Unfortunately, the errors not only help to underscore the stereotypical division between technical and nontechnical people, but they don't set a good example for young students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book promises to be intriging through the title and chapter titles but never delivers. there it too much waiting for the story to climax and when it does it is too short and un detailed very bad write indeed
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good for the novice mathematics history buff. This title contains several anti-Newton titles and much controversy in general. It's a real 'Weekly World News' for any historia mathematica amans .