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"[I]f you want an overview of mathematics, this is a good book. ... ideal for classroom research. While math thinkers will enjoy the overview of their field, the authors offer an entry point for the rest of as well. This will work as book for curious kids to page through, as well as a reference text for reports."â€” Children's Literature
"the perfect handbook to give your nonmathematician friends ...."â€” Mathematics Teacher
"a good resource for classroom teachers or parents. It is always nice to be able to answer questions about where the mathematics came from, who has contributed to our knowledge, why mathematics is useful, and why it is important for everyone to know this"â€” Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School
"The text is clear and concise and is understandable to lay readers, while not oversimplified. This worthwhile resource will provide valuable background information to budding math experts; teachers will also enjoy posing these questions to their students."â€” School Library Journal
Introduction ix
Acknowledgments xi
Appendix I Measurement Systems and Conversion Factors 479
Appendix II Common Formulas for Calculating Areas and Volumes of Shapes 485
Index 489
The History of Mathematics 1
What Is Mathematics?
Early Counting and Numbers
Mesopotamian Numbers and Mathematics
Egyptian Numbers and Mathematics
Greek and Roman Mathematics
Other Cultures and Early Mathematics
Mathematics after the Middle Ages
Into Modern Mathematics
Mathematics Throughout History 37
The Creation of Zero and Pi
Development of Weights and Measures
Time and Math in History
Math and Calendars in History
Math Basics 67
Basic Arithmetic
All about Numbers
More about Numbers
The Concept of Zero
Basic Mathematical Operations
Fractions
Foundations of Mathematics 105
Foundations and Logic
Mathematical and Formal Logic
Axiomatic System
Set Theory
Algebra 137
The Basics of Algebra
Algebra Explained
Algebraic Operations
Exponents and Logarithms
Polynomial Equations
More Algebra
Abstract Algebra
Geometry and Trigonometry 169
Geometry Beginnings
Basics of Geometry
Plane Geometry
Solid Geometry
Measurements and Transformations
Analytic Geometry
Trigonometry
Other Geometries
Mathematical Analysis 213
Analysis Basics
Sequences and Series
Calculus Basics
Differential Calculus
Integral Calculus
Differential Equations
Vector and Other Analyses
Applied Mathematics 247
Applied Mathematics Basics
Probability Theory
Statistics
Modeling and Simulation
Other Areas of Applied Mathematics
Math in the Physical Sciences 279
Physics and Mathematics
Classical Physics and Mathematics
Modern Physics and Mathematics
Chemistry and Math
Astronomy and Math
Math in the Natural Sciences 305
Math in Geology
Math in Meteorology
Math in Biology
Math and the Environment
Math in Engineering 339
Basics of Engineering
Civil Engineering and Mathematics
Mathematics and Architecture
Electrical Engineering and Materials Science
Chemical Engineering
Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering
Math in Computing 363
Early Counting and Calculating Devices
Mechanical and Electronic Calculating Devices
Modem Computers and Mathematics
Applications
Everyday Math 591
Numbers and Math in Everyday Life
Math and the Outdoors
Math, Numbers, and the Body
Math and the Consumer's Money
Math and Traveling
Recreational Math 425
Math Puzzles
Mathematical Games
Card and Dice Games
Sports Numbers
Just for Fun
Mathematical Resources 453
Educational Resources
Organizations and Societies
Museums
Popular Resources
Surfing the Internet
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Posted June 18, 2012
I think it looks good I guess.
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Posted June 6, 2012
This is a great guide to math. It helped me do math projects, and it contains all the formulas for geometry.
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Posted December 6, 2011
Whether you are into math trivia, would like to brush up on the things that you think you forgot, are trying to help a child with homework or are just curious about the world of math in lay terms this is the book for you. Its starts out basic and answers what is a square and gets into all aspects of math in the form of questions. It is not your typical math study guide and for this non-math loving engineer I found myself drawn into the book and the historical explanations of why this or that math was needed or used. But on the other hand if if you just want to know the different types of triangles, it is here in the book.
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"From modern-day challenges such as balancing a checkbook, following the stock market, buying a home, and figuring out credit card finance charges to appreciating historical developments by Pythagoras, Archimedes, Newton, and other mathematicians, this engaging resource addresses more than 1,000 questions related to mathematics. Organized into chapters that cluster similar topics in an easily accessible format, this reference provides clear and concise explanations about the fundamentals of algebra, calculus, ...