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Anonymous
Posted June 13, 2005
This is simply a great book, even for the mathematically inclined. It's a bit dated, especially in its treatment of 'barbarian' (i.e., non-Greek) civilizations, but its treatment of math is well worth a grain of salt.
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Overview
Practical, scientific, philosophical, and artistic problems have caused men to investigate mathematics. But there is one other motive which is as strong as any of these—the search for beauty. Mathematics is an art, and as such affords the pleasures which all the arts afford." In this erudite, entertaining college-level text, Morris Kline, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at New York University, provides the liberal arts student with a detailed treatment of mathematics in a cultural and historical context. The ...