The Story of Mathematics

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The mysterious tally sticks of prehistoric peoples and the terrestrial maps used for trade, exploration, and warfare; the perennial fascination with the motions of heavenly bodies and changed perspectives on the art and science of vision: all are testament to a mathematics at the heart of history. This visually stunning volume takes the reader on an illustrated tour of mathematics across cultures and civilizations, bringing to life a world of important ideas and-rarely ...

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Overview

The mysterious tally sticks of prehistoric peoples and the terrestrial maps used for trade, exploration, and warfare; the perennial fascination with the motions of heavenly bodies and changed perspectives on the art and science of vision: all are testament to a mathematics at the heart of history. This visually stunning volume takes the reader on an illustrated tour of mathematics across cultures and civilizations, bringing to life a world of important ideas and-rarely supposed-great intrigue and charm.

The development of mathematics can be seen in a wealth of images, from the richly illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages to the deeply unsettling art of Dali and Duchamp, from the austere beauty of Babylonian clay tablets to the delicate complexity of computer-generated pictures. These images, and many others, are lavishly reproduced to accompany a text that travels from the dawn of Chinese and Indian civilizations to the scientific and digital revolutions of our day.

Including portraits of household names such as Kepler and Copernicus as well as lesser-known but equally compelling figures like Niels Henrik Abel and Leonhard Euler, The Story of Mathematics is a rich amalgam of history, biography, and popular science. Readers will come away understanding how and why mathematics evolved as it did--of how it entered and remained close to the center of every area of human activity. Explaining mathematical concepts without equations, Richard Mankiewicz enables us to appreciate this essential intellectual occupation without "doing the math."

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Editorial Reviews

Mathematics Teacher - Frank J. Swetz
For personal reading and for enrichment . . . this book is great! Visually, conceptually, and textually, it draws the reader into a better understanding and appreciation of the history of mathematics. . . . Although the text is succinct, many instances in the narrative offer more insights into the development of mathematics than are found in many bulky volumes on the history of mathematics. . . . Mankiewicz's anecdotes and examples are well chosen to fascinate and stimulate the reader.
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"Mankiewicz spins engaging yarns about topics that range from ancient Chinese theorems to computer age fractals in this gorgeously illustrated history. Surprisingly lucid explanations of the most complex computations make this a perfect gift for both math-philes and math-phobes."--Discover

"For personal reading and for enrichment . . . this book is great! Visually, conceptually, and textually, it draws the reader into a better understanding and appreciation of the history of mathematics. . . . Although the text is succinct, many instances in the narrative offer more insights into the development of mathematics than are found in many bulky volumes on the history of mathematics. . . . Mankiewicz's anecdotes and examples are well chosen to fascinate and stimulate the reader."--Frank J. Swetz, Mathematics Teacher

Discover
Mankiewicz spins engaging yarns about topics that range from ancient Chinese theorems to computer age fractals in this gorgeously illustrated history. Surprisingly lucid explanations of the most complex computations make this a perfect gift for both math-philes and math-phobes.
Mathematics Teacher
For personal reading and for enrichment . . . this book is great! Visually, conceptually, and textually, it draws the reader into a better understanding and appreciation of the history of mathematics. . . . Although the text is succinct, many instances in the narrative offer more insights into the development of mathematics than are found in many bulky volumes on the history of mathematics. . . . Mankiewicz's anecdotes and examples are well chosen to fascinate and stimulate the reader.
— Frank J. Swetz
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A producer of events about the cultural dimensions of math and associate researcher at Middlesex University, Richard Mankiewicz presents The Story of Mathematics (with a foreword by Ian Stewart), a visually stunning work that takes the reader across time, highlighting the key moments in the development of the mathematical sciences and their cultural influences. The narrative is intriguing, the 80 color illustrations are magnificent and the inclusion of writings by famous mathematicians is a wonderful touch. The only problem with the book is that the primary font is so delicate and the type size so small that even the most avid math fans will have difficulty doing more than peruse its contents. (Apr. 2) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691120461
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Mankiewicz is currently a lecturer at Peterborough Regional College. He is a contributing author to "The Science Book "(Cassell) as well as the author of many articles on mathematics, art, and culture.
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Table of Contents


Foreword by Ian Stewart 6
Preface 8
1. Year Zero 9
2. Watchers of the Skies 15
3. The Pythagorean Theorem 21
4. The Elements 27
5. Ten Computational Canons 33
6. Mathematical Sutras 39
7. The House of Wisdom 45
8. The Liberal Arts 51
9. The Renaissance Perspective 59
10. Mathematics for the Common Wealth 67
11. The Marriage of Algebra and Geometry 77
12. The Clockwork Universe 85
13. Mathematics in Motion 99
14. Oceans and Stars 111
15. The Quintic 119
16. New Geometries 125
17. Dialects of Algebra 133
18. Fields of Action 139
19. Catching Infinity 147
2O. Of Dice and Genes 153
21. War Games 156
22. Mathematics and Modern Art 165
23. Machine Codes 173
24. Chaos and Complexity 179
Acknowledgements and Select Bibliography 188
Index 190
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