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|| Originally published: 2008.
|| Includes bibliographical references (p. 374-376) and index.
|| Tokens, tallies, and tablets -- The logic of shape -- Notations and numbers -- Lure of the unknown -- Eternal triangles -- Curves and coordinates -- Patterns in numbers -- The system of the world -- Patterns in nature -- Impossible quantities -- Firm foundations -- Impossible triangles -- The rise of symmetry -- Algebra comes of age -- Rubber sheet geometry -- The fourth dimension -- The shape of logic -- How likely is that? -- Number crunching -- Chaos and complexity.
|| "In his famous straightforward style, Ian Stewart explains each major development--from the first number systems to chaos theory--and considers how each affected society and changed everyday life forever. Maintaining a personal touch, he introduces all of the outstanding mathematicians of history, from the key Babylonians, Greeks, and Egyptians, via Newton and Descartes, to Fermat, Babbage, and Godel, and demystifies math's key concepts without recourse to complicated formulae. Written to provide a captivating historic narrative for the non-mathematician, this book is packed with fascinating nuggets and quirky asides, and contains plenty of illustrations and diagrams to illuminate and aid understanding of a subject many dread, but which has made the world what it is today." [From the Publisher]
"Taming the infinite : the story of mathematics."