Gullberg, Jan: Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers (1st Ed.)
Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers
Published by W.W. Norton & Company in 1997. First edition. Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good antiquarian condition. Some minimal wear on the cover on the top and bottom edge of the spine. Internally clean, no handwriting marks. Previous owner inscription. Technical illustrations by Pär Gullberg.
This gently guided, profusely illustrated Grand Tour of the world of mathematics takes the reader on a long and fascinating journey – from the dual invention of numbers and language, through the primary realms of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, to the final destination of differential equations, with excursions to symbolic, set theory, topology, fractals, probability, and assorted other mathematical byways.
Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers is unique among popular books on mathematics in combining an engaging, easy-to-read history of the subject with a comprehensive mathematical survey text. Although intended primarily for the general reader, the book’s unorthodox approach will make it attractive to more experienced hands as well.