The World of Mathematics, Volume 1

The World of Mathematics, Volume 1

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by James R. Newman
     
 

Vol. 1 of a monumental four-volume set includes a general survey of mathematics; historical and biographical information on prominent mathematicians throughout history; material on arithmetic, numbers and the art of counting, and the mathematics of space and motion. Nontechnical articles by and about scores of eminent mathematicians as well as literary figures,

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Vol. 1 of a monumental four-volume set includes a general survey of mathematics; historical and biographical information on prominent mathematicians throughout history; material on arithmetic, numbers and the art of counting, and the mathematics of space and motion. Nontechnical articles by and about scores of eminent mathematicians as well as literary figures, economists, biologists. and many other thinkers. Informative commentary by noted mathematics scholar James R. Newman precedes essays by Eric Temple Bell, W. W. Rouse Ball, Leonhard Euler, Bertrand Russell, Alfred North Whitehead, many others. Numerous figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486411538
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
09/18/2000
Series:
Dover Books on Mathematics Series
Edition description:
Unabridged Edition, Parts I-IV
Pages:
768
Sales rank:
1,032,681
Product dimensions:
5.39(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.41(d)

Meet the Author

James R. Newman's World of Mathematics
James R. Newman (1907–1966) was a rare mathematician who was also a lawyer who held several administrative positions in the United States government during and after World War II, including Chief Intelligence Officer at the US Embassy in London. His mammoth four-volume World of Mathematics was first published in 1956 and reprinted by Dover in 2000. It represented the culmination of a fifteen-year effort by Newman, in his later years as a member of the Editorial Board of Scientific American, to assemble in one publication what he considered the most important essays in the field. It's the book that has introduced generations of students to the range and extent of mathematical literature.

In the Author's Own Words:
"The Theory of Groups is a branch of mathematics in which one does something to something and then compares the result with the result obtained from doing the same thing to something else, or something else to the same thing."

"The discovery in 1846 of the planet Neptune was a dramatic and spectacular achievement of mathematical astronomy. The very existence of this new member of the solar system, and its exact location, were demonstrated with pencil and paper; there was left to observers only the routine task of pointing their telescopes at the spot the mathematicians had marked." ― James R. Newman

Critical Acclaim for The World of Mathematics:
"Others with bigger and now whetted appetites will no doubt regard this book as a generous hors d’oeuvre and obtain additional fare by pursuing the numerous recommendations made by the author." ― Morris Kline, New York Herald Tribune Book Review

"Promises to be the most frequently used reference book on mathematics, as well as a delight to readers with a wide range of backgrounds." ― J.G. Kemeny, The New York Times

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If on some odd chance you happen to be a born-again algebraist, a new found number theorist, a lover of mathematics for years or days, then you'll deeply appreciate the contents of this book. The contents within the four volumes assume some knowledge; I would say to understand everything in concept you should at least be finished with, or finishing up high school math (not to say that a HS freshman wouldn't benefit immensly from the book) to take a full appreciation. This book was the gateway for me as a failure in mathematics in early high school to my recent advanced work in the field in university life. It's easy to understand, and contains virtually all of what I consider to be the requisite works for any aspiring mathematician, excerpts (both translated and original) of Descartes' la geometrie, the principia of Newton, etc. It's just great. I suggest if you're one who's trying to make mathematics a part of your life and everyday thought, dive into this series first to get a footing for your future work in theoretical and applied maths. Good luck.