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The Mathematical Traveler: Exploring The Grand History Of Numbers

The Mathematical Traveler: Exploring The Grand History Of Numbers

by Calvin C. Clawson
     
 

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Back in print at last, this classic work by Calvin Clawson examines the remarkable co-evolution of numbers and human culture. From the early clay beads and ropes that our ancestors used as primitive counting tools to the influence of fractals and complex number systems on chaos theory, The Mathematical Traveler takes us on a journey over continents and through

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Back in print at last, this classic work by Calvin Clawson examines the remarkable co-evolution of numbers and human culture. From the early clay beads and ropes that our ancestors used as primitive counting tools to the influence of fractals and complex number systems on chaos theory, The Mathematical Traveler takes us on a journey over continents and through time to discover how mathematics has become an integral part of our world. We stop at ancient Sumeria, China, Greece, Italy, and England, where we learn about the discovery of our current counting system, the golden mean, pi, irrational numbers, and other mathematical innovations. More than just an overview of the history of numbers, The Mathematical Traveler explores how the understanding of mathematics helped humanity to create the underpinnings of art, technology, economics, and science that shaped the world we live in today.

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The author is a skillful writer with background in math and philosophy. His thesis is that numbers, and therefore mathematics, are integral to our nature, that we cannot function as human beings without numbers. His presentation is clear and compelling for the serious lay reader. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738208350
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
05/08/2003
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
844,754
Product dimensions:
0.72(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author


Calvin C. Clawson is the author of The Mathematical Traveler and Conquering Math Phobia. He has published over two dozen short stories, and won an award from the National Writers Association for his novel The White Badger. A teacher of mathematics at Seattle Community College, he lives south of Issaquah, Washington.

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