The mathematical universe an alphabetical journey through the great proofs problems and personalities
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Some parts require only to be aware of some ideas, others some familiarity with basic high school mathematics and some to have some previous experience. In colorful anecdotes, the brilliant - often eccentric - luminaries chart the course of mathematical progress. As he did in his previous book, a guided tour of the 12 great theorems called Journey through Genius 1990 , Dunham describes the human and the historical dimensions of mathematical discovery. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Dunham, however still attempts to draw the attention of young students by placing comic strips or puns in his book, so that it may appeal to a younger audience.

All proofs and equations are introduced through easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanations. Review: The Mathematical Universe is a solid collection of short essays, with each addressing a particular mathematical topic. Writing in his trademark razor-sharp style, Dunham introduces a tantalizing selection of the great proofs, notorious disputes, and intriguing unsolved mysteries. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. William Dunham's non-fiction book, The Mathematical Universe, is an enthralling book which takes readers on a journey through some of the most popular algebraic and geometric proofs, such as Runges Theorem and proving the value of pi.

This copy has a degree of 'waviness' due to poor storage but is otherwise a very good clean copy. Students would not often find this book interesting as they may not have a vested interest in mathematics, which is a recurring pattern with most students. Despite its title and subject, the book was unexpectedly interesting as Dunham found a way to connect or relate these concepts of thought to any scholar's standard education. When it comes to history of mathematics presented in an easy and fun to follow manner, i'm a sucker. Bookseller: , Queensland, Australia Paperback.

But even though I realized it was the wrong book for my project, I k A solid, clear overview of mathematics, both simple and advanced. In essence, Dunham has found a way to put complicated math concepts in terms in which even those with the most basic of educational backgrounds can understand, thereby expanding the range of the book's audience. Scale the heights of the Himalayas with famed surveyor Sir George Everest and puzzle over the fascinating conundrum of Fermat's Last Theorem. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. The contents include a lot of mathematical ideas, how they evolved, interesting stories about great mathematicians, interesting proofs. Box 21021 Tel: +302310398352 E-mail: aclib anatolia. The author conducts a tour through the mathematical universe, filled with anecdotes and amusing asides.

All along the way, Dunham portrays the great masters of math at their work. The most striking characteristic of this book was not the fact that it covered such wide branches of mathematics in a small amount of pages, but the fact that it placed it in terms in which any student could comprehend such concepts without being hindered by their lack of knowledge in mathematics when compared to college graduate. Dunham explores more than five thousand years of mathematical history, digging into the earliest records in Egypt, Babylon, India, and China, and turning up surprising tales and tidbits from modern times. The advantage of this format is that it lets the author hit the highlights in essays that can. So will readers of this fine popularization. Contains a wealth of amusing stories and little known facts from the annals of math.

I wish I had found this book a few years before, when these ideas were new to me. Subjects range from the golden age of Greek geometry to the furthest frontier of infinite series. The most requiring subject to understand was differential and integral calculus to give you an idea. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. A solid, clear overview of mathematics, both simple and advanced.

But even though I realized it was the wrong book for my project, I kept reading it anyway because the author is clearly having so much fun. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. Some parts require only to be aware of some ideas, others some familiarity with basic high school mathematics and some to have some previous experience. The most requiring subject to understand was differential and integral calculus to give you an idea. All proofs and equations are introduced through easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanations. Your passport to rich rewards, The MathematicalUniverse is accessible to any reader with a basic knowledge of algebra and geometry. I highly recommend it I liked the author's style - witty, but casual and disarming.

Bookseller: , Japan John Wiley and Sons, large-format paperback, 1994, 314 pages, illustrated. A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. For instance, when discussing the differentiation of integrals, Dunham some how managed to William Dunham's non-fiction book, The Mathematical Universe, is an enthralling book which takes readers on a journey through some of the most popular algebraic and geometric proofs, such as Runges Theorem and proving the value of pi. The Mathematical Universe is a solid collection of short essays, with each addressing a particular mathematical topic. Features brief biographies of many great mathematicians including Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell and Hypatia of Alexandria.

After receiving his PhD from the Ohio State University in 1974, he joined the mathematics faculty at Hanover College in Indiana. I really liked it, but i'm biased. Despite its title and subject, the book was unexpectedly interesting as Dunham found a way to connect or relate these concepts of thought to any scholar's standard education. However, when I checked this book out from my school's library, I had noticed that it had been untouched for an extended period of time, which was expected. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Discusses some of the most intriguing mysteries such as Russell's Paradox.

Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. For anyone who wants a grounding in general math topics, this seems just about perfect. When it comes to history of mathematics presented in an easy and fun to follow manner, i'm a sucker. The contents include a lot of mathematical ideas, how they evolved I really liked it, but i'm biased. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. The level of the book is not terribly high.