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Number: The Language of Science
     

Number: The Language of Science

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by Tobias Dantzig, Joseph Mazur, Barry Mazur (Foreword by)
 

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"Beyond doubt the most interesting book on the evolution of mathematics which has ever fallen into my hands."—Albert Einstein

Number is an eloquent, accessible tour de force that reveals how the concept of number evolved from prehistoric times through the twentieth century. Tobias Dantzig shows that the development of math—from the

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"Beyond doubt the most interesting book on the evolution of mathematics which has ever fallen into my hands."—Albert Einstein

Number is an eloquent, accessible tour de force that reveals how the concept of number evolved from prehistoric times through the twentieth century. Tobias Dantzig shows that the development of math—from the invention of counting to the discovery of infinity—is a profoundly human story that progressed by “trying and erring, by groping and stumbling.” He shows how commerce, war, and religion led to advances in math, and he recounts the stories of individuals whose breakthroughs expanded the concept of number and created the mathematics that we know today.

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"Beyond doubt the most interesting book on the evolution of mathematics which has ever fallen into my hands."—Albert Einstein

"Anyone interested in the history of numbers and mathematics should read this book."—Mario Livio, author of The Golden Ratio

"A classic . . . it deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of thought."—Charles Seife, author of Zero and Decoding the Universe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452288119
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/30/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
274,578
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Anyone interested in the history of numbers and mathematics should read this book. (Mario Livio, author of The Golden Ratio)

A classic . . . it deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of thought. (Charles Seife, author of Zero and Decoding the Universe)

Beyond doubt the most interesting book on the evolution of mathematics which has ever fallen into my hands. (Albert Einstein)

Meet the Author

Tobias Dantzig was born in Russia, and was taught by Henri Poincaré in France before moving the United States. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Indiana, and was a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland. He died in 1956.

Joseph Mazur is Professor of Mathematics at Marlboro College, where he has taught a wide range of classes in all areas of mathematics, its history, and philosophy.

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