Mathematics for the Million – Lancelot Hogben ***. June 20, This is one of the strangest maths books you are ever likely to encounter. Written in the s. Mathematics for the Million has ratings and 20 reviews. Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this. “It makes alive the contents of the elements of mathematics.”—Albert Einstein. Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads .

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Fhe Joshi rated it it was amazing Jul 20, String theory and its big brother M-theory, which as Baggott points out, is not actually a the…. Jan 14, Sondra marked it mathemaatics to-read.

Hogben then explains how Achilles can catch up to the tortoise. I like the way that the author tells the history of mathematics and its uses starting from ancient times. Surprisingly good for a lefty discussion of relatively easy maths. I will eventually finish. That line only leads to mysticism. Curiously enough, people who are most sensible about the need for planning other social amenities in a reasonable way are often slow to see the need for creating a rational and international language.

Ben Frisch rated it it was amazing Oct 18, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The only problem with this learning-through-history approach is it can sometimes be hard to then relate what has been learned to uses in the present day. Aug 05, Christian rated it it was amazing. Don’t be fooled, though – because in Beyond WeirdPhilip Ball hogbeen done something rare in my experience until Quantum Sense and Nonsense came along.

Unlike his contemporaries, who were all for working through hundreds of geometry proofs for completeness, Hogben fills in the parts at each stage of mathematical development needed to reach the next stage and gives us no more.

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I actually really enjoy this book but the first time this book was given to me I passed it on to a friend who is much more math loving and math inclined than I. Written in the s and reissued init’s an attempt to provide mathematical instruction up to around A-level standard though obviously the curriculum has changed a lot for someone who, perhaps, doesn’t respond well to the classroom and works better from self-teaching.

Jose rated it liked it Foor 12, It’s telling of the way popular science was considered in the period that apparently the author delayed publication as he was up for election to Fellowship of the Royal Society, which back then was dead against science popularisation. It would be easy to think ‘Surely we don’t need another book on quantum physics.

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Aug 21, Odilon Lancelott rated it really liked it. Noam Chomsky cites the author of this book as a “left intellectual” because he tries to popularize mathematics. To think that the giants of Greek thought could be so stumped by such a simple problem for lack of simple tools and simple language that everyone takes for granted nowadays. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Book to be studied over and over again! It is a unique and fascinating book that looks at the historical development of mathematics with a clear focus on the most practical of mathematical applications from geometry to statistics but doesn’t shy away from the great leaps of logic hogbn calculus.

During the First World War he served as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in France but after his decision to leave the Front and return to Cambridge he was imprisoned in as a conscientious objector. Review by Brian Clegg. It is destined flr end, as does all priestcraft, in superstition.

It covers everything you need to know about mathematics. He explains why this was such a puzzle to the Ancient Greeks, and how the puzzle can be elegantly and simply solved by present-day, grade-school mathematical expressions and a simple graphical diagram.


May 06, hyacinth rated it it was ok. The first thing I noticed on rereading mtahematics was the confident and optimistic tone of the writing.

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I read it while starting the more advanced mathematics courses at school and for the first time I found a book about mathematics that was not a recipe book for manipulating mathematical expressions. To ask other readers questions about Mathematics for the Millionplease sign up.

Possibly because it’s so dated, had some interesting angles on some concepts. A few years later I asked imllion how he enjoyed it and he proceeded to become my tutor. It is carefully constructed in terms of increasing levels of mathematical demands and starts with simple arithmetic and geometry and ends with applications of the calculus and a final chapter on statistics and probability.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I lanfelot this around as a basic text. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Mar 23, Wm rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mathematics for the Million: A sweep of some grandeur over the rise of mathematics, from calendar civilisations to the great flowering in Alexandria and beyond.

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