The Britannica Guide to Numbers and Measurement

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Overview

Communication and, indeed, our comprehension of the world in general are largely ordered by the number and measurement systems that have arisen over time. This book delves into the history of mathematical reasoning and the progression of numerical thought around the world. With detailed biographies of seminal thinkers and theorists, readers develop a sophisticated understanding of some of the most fundamental arithmetical concepts as well as the individuals who established them.
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VOYA - Marilyn Brien
The series Math Explained includes volumes on algebra and trigonometry, the history of mathematics, geometry, and statistics and probability, in addition to the two volumes reviewed here. The historical setting and impact for applications and further study provide context for the basic theories and terms in these areas of mathematics. Biographical sketches of leading mathematicians portray the universality of mathematics historically and geographically. The volume on analysis and calculus also gives insight into the discoverers, their innovations, and the impacts upon the world. The physicist Sir Isaac Newton and the philosopher Gottfried Leibniz were key contributors to establishing calculus as a significant tool in advancing science. Leonhard Euler's analysis of prime numbers in the eighteenth century is applied to the security of electronic transactions today. David Hilbert did not live to see the application of functional analysis in quantum mechanics. The volume on numbers describes the utilization of numbers in the development of civilizations from Mesopotamia and Asia to Europe and the Americas. Fibonacci numbers and the Turing machine are among the numerical terms and concepts. The chapter on measurements describes the Hebrew talent, the Chinese mou, and the ancient hand, as well as the modern systems. Great arithmeticians and number theorists include Diophantus of Alexandria, Pierre de Fermat, and Kurt Godel. These glimpses into the world of mathematics will be greatly appreciated by teachers and students across the curriculum. They will probably be most frequently utilized as references to locate specific information rather than for browsing. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615301089
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Series: Math Explained Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 286
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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