Mathematics Illustrated Dictionary: Facts, Figures, and People

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Mathematics Illustrated Dictionary is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, one-volume guide to math facts and figures, terms and processes, concepts and systems. Brief biographies (along with portraits) explain the work of famous mathematicians, along with summaries of historical developments from the early Greeks to quantum and superstring theories.

Illustrations and examples clarify and expand definitions. There are clear descriptions of mathematical applications in computer science,...

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Overview

Mathematics Illustrated Dictionary is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, one-volume guide to math facts and figures, terms and processes, concepts and systems. Brief biographies (along with portraits) explain the work of famous mathematicians, along with summaries of historical developments from the early Greeks to quantum and superstring theories.

Illustrations and examples clarify and expand definitions. There are clear descriptions of mathematical applications in computer science, physics and astronomy, along with commonly used symbols, systems of weights and measures, graphs and references, such as the periodic table.

As a basic resource for students, teachers, and the mathematically well-informed, this invaluable dictionary should be part of every reference shelf.

A dictionary of mathematical terms from abacus to zone. Includes a section of tables, symbols, abbreviations, and formulas.

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Gr 5-9 -- Mathematics Illustrated Dictionary includes many terms that have only the vaguest connection to math (e.g. beneficiary, modem, robot), but cuts many of its truly mathematical definitions too short to be of any use. It lacks an audience, dragging in set theory to define addition, yet defining ``deviation standard'' merely as ``a statistic that characterizes a distribution of scores,'' with no particulars to pin it down. Many of its definitions are fuzzy, some are simply wrong, and a few are so tangled that they become grammatical instead of mathematical puzzles. Math notation is not always defined where it's needed, and is, all too often, hand written so that it bears insufficient resemblance to printed forms. The diagrams are also hand drawn and amateurish. The biographies are short and cursory, and the cross references are erratic. This mildly updates the 1965 edition, where drastic revision was needed. The information is better presented in standard dictionaries and encyclopedias. --Margaret Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, NY
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  • ISBN-13: 9780531106648
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 247
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years

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