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The math explorer : a journey through the beauty of mathematics
Weaver, Jefferson Hane.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, [2003]

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288 pages ; 23 cm
pt. 1. The world of mathematics. The origins of mathematics -- What is mathematics? -- pt. 2. Mathematics and the imagination. Really big numbers -- Fractions -- pt. 3. Mathematics before Newton. Algebra for everyone -- Euclid's masterpiece -- Geometry and mathematical reasoning -- One, two, three, trigonometry -- Graphs and more graphs -- pt. 4. Mathematics for the people. Probability and games of chance -- Bringing order to the Garden of Eden : an introduction to statistics -- pt. 5. Melding mathematics and science. Copernicus, Kepler, and the rise of mathematics in science -- Descartes, Galileo, and the mathematical universe -- Isaac Newton and the search for universal laws.
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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

Prefacep. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Part 1 The World of Mathematics
1. The Origins of Mathematicsp. 15
2. What Is Mathematics?p. 27
Part 2 Mathematics and the Imagination
3. Really Big Numbersp. 39
4. Fractionsp. 55
Part 3 Mathematics Before Newton
5. Algebra for Everyonep. 67
6. Euclid's Masterpiecep. 97
7. Geometry and Mathematical Reasoningp. 111
8. One, Two, Three, Trigonometryp. 125
9. Graphs and More Graphsp. 141
Part 4 Mathematics for the People
10. Probability and Games of Chancep. 163
11. Bringing Order to the Garden of Eden: An Introduction to Statisticsp. 181
Part 5 Melding Mathematics and Science
12. Copernicus, Kepler, and the Rise of Mathematics in Sciencep. 201
13. Descartes, Galileo, and the Mathematical Universep. 217
14. Isaac Newton and the Search for Universal Lawsp. 239
Afterwordp. 271
Notesp. 273
Indexp. 281