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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And the reward is a number of delights, including this instruction from the British Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries on how to lay out a right angle for a plantation of fruit trees:. Illustrative Mathema… on Circulation: I haven’t finished this book, so this review can’t be considered complete, but the thing I noticed the most about the introduction is that the author subscribes to a naive and quite arrogant Whig Mar 23, Wm rated it it was amazing Shelves: I would recommend this to homeschoolers and others who want to expand lancelit knowledge of both mathematics and its history.
Post was not sent – check your email addresses! I’m actually reading the second edition, fromthe 17th printing It covers everything you need to know about mathematics. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He explains why this was such a puzzle to the Ancient Greeks, and how the puzzle can be elegantly and simply solved kathematics present-day, grade-school mathematical expressions and a simple graphical diagram. It’s written in a pretty old-fashioned style nowadays but that plus the beautiful hand drawn diagrams make it a fantastic book Want to Lanceelot Currently Reading Read.
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Mathematics for the Million – Lancelot Hogben ***
I am puttering around with this one and am reminded of him. Notify me of new comments via email. Mar 02, John hgoben it liked it.
The customary way of writing a book about mathematics is to show how each step follows logically hogven the one before without telling you what use there will be in taking it.
Clearly a lot of people decided it was a good approach back then: Mar 13, southernmyst marked it as gave-up-on.
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Because Diderot had no knowledge of algebra, he conceded the debate and walked out. It is not at all a classic textbook – but is far better. Jan 28, Yofish rated mathenatics really liked it. The narrative here is very much centred on the application of mathematics through history. Sep 19, Shekhy rated it it was amazing. Noam Chomsky cites the author of this book as a “left intellectual” because he tries to popularize mathematics.
Thw, I’ve read over pages of Charles Beaumont stories, so why not?
It is destined to end, as does all priestcraft, in superstition. His person history is wild.
He seems to come clo…. Published September 17th by W. Surprisingly good for a lefty discussion of relatively easy maths.
One of my favorites. We see how geometry might have been used by Egyptian architects, and how trigonometry benefits those who need to navigate by the stars. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. It’s true that physicists have come up with various interpretations of quantum physics, but these are designed as technical mechanisms to bridge the gap between theory and the world as we see it, rather than explanations that would make sense to the ordinary reader. May 23, Lance rated it really liked it.
Ali rated it it was ok Mar 02, Ashutosh Joshi rated it it was amazing Jul 20, 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 and calculus.