The Math Book: 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)by Clifford A. Pickover
You don't have to be a whiz at mathematics to enjoy The Math Book, Clifford A. Pickover's fascinating appreciation of 250 milestones in the history of mathematics. The topics covered span more than 150 million years and range from the application of mathematical concepts in the understanding of knots, tic tac toe, dice, and other familiar items to the theoretical realm of fuzzy logic, catastrophe theory, and the mathematical universe hypothesis. The book is illustrated in full color throughout and Pickover's accessible prose makes its subject entertaining and educational for all readers.
The Math Book is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for every home library.
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It is wrapped in plastic before purchase and one cannot take a look at its contents if one chooses to buy from the store. When I bought and opened the book for the first time I was immensely dissappointed. Half of the (And I'm being literal here) book is made up of full page pictures relating to their respective milestones, the other half of the book are simply summaries of the respective milestones that (I find) fail to explain anything (not enough that would satisfy me). The first three milestones (or atleast 3 of the first 4) involve a monkey, a cicada, and an ant. Not at all what I expected in a MATH BOOK.If anything this is a book of fun facts.At best: a book of fun facts. At worst: A $20 paperweight In my opinion it is not even worth the paper it is printed on.
a beautiful book richly decorated cover and color plates . the title on line looks sort of text book but i took a chance and couldnt be happier. You dont have to be a fan of math to enjoy the beauty of this book.