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The Story of Mathematics


Publisher:Avon Books



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About the book:

Pythagoras, Einstein, and the Brilliant Ideas
that Have Revolutionized Our Lives.

Ever since early man first began counting on his fingers and toes, one of our greatest desires has been to order our world through numbers. Now the authors of The Story of Physics present a sweeping narrative that traces the history of mathematics from ancient Greece to modern calculus to the superhighways of today's computer communications.

Absorbing and accessible, The Story of Mathematics introduces us to Euclid, to the mystical teachings of Pythagoras, to Descartes' discovery of analytic geometry, and to later geniuses such as Newton, Gauss, Euler, and Einstein. The authors delve into the intriguing theory of numbers, explore the challanges of probability theory, and reveal the wonders of the theory of relativity. They discuss the link between physics and mathematics, and how together they form a tapestry of knowledge that surpasses what either field could accomplish alone.

The Story of Mathematics will leave readers awed by the courage and genius of history's mathematicians, and by what still remains to be accomplished by a new generation of brilliant minds.

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