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Jefferson Hane Weaver is the highly acclaimed author of many popular science books

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### Publisher's Weekly Review

People for whom "mathematics has an air of mystery with its sometimes forbidding nomenclature and its hieroglyphic symbols" can begin to overcome their math phobia with this smart primer. An experienced science writer, Weaver (What Are the Odds?) takes readers on what he calls a "walking tour" of mathematics, touching on some of the highlights from the field's ancient beginnings up through the post-Newtonian world. Weaver's writing is clear and reassuring to the novice, as his tour traverses the fairly easy ground of algebra and geometry and the rougher terrain of trigonometry, probability and statistics. And he humanizes his subject, not only by showing how it relates to daily life but by offering portraits of five men who advanced mathematics: Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes and Newton. Weaver skillfully opens up this "intellectual wonderland" to the curious. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

### Table of Contents

Preface | p. 9 |

Acknowledgments | p. 11 |

Part 1 The World of Mathematics | |

1. The Origins of Mathematics | p. 15 |

2. What Is Mathematics? | p. 27 |

Part 2 Mathematics and the Imagination | |

3. Really Big Numbers | p. 39 |

4. Fractions | p. 55 |

Part 3 Mathematics Before Newton | |

5. Algebra for Everyone | p. 67 |

6. Euclid's Masterpiece | p. 97 |

7. Geometry and Mathematical Reasoning | p. 111 |

8. One, Two, Three, Trigonometry | p. 125 |

9. Graphs and More Graphs | p. 141 |

Part 4 Mathematics for the People | |

10. Probability and Games of Chance | p. 163 |

11. Bringing Order to the Garden of Eden: An Introduction to Statistics | p. 181 |

Part 5 Melding Mathematics and Science | |

12. Copernicus, Kepler, and the Rise of Mathematics in Science | p. 201 |

13. Descartes, Galileo, and the Mathematical Universe | p. 217 |

14. Isaac Newton and the Search for Universal Laws | p. 239 |

Afterword | p. 271 |

Notes | p. 273 |

Index | p. 281 |