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By Ian Stewart

From old Babylon to the final nice unsolved problems, an acclaimed mathematician and popular science writer brings us his witty, enticing, and definitive background of mathematics

In his well-known straight forward kind, Ian Stewart explains each one significant development—from the 1st quantity structures to chaos theory—and considers how each one affected society and adjusted lifestyle ceaselessly. conserving a private contact, he introduces the entire impressive mathematicians of historical past, from the most important Babylonians, Greeks, and Egyptians, through Newton and Descartes, to Fermat, Babbage, and Godel, and demystifies math's key ideas with no recourse to complex formulae. Written to supply a charming ancient narrative for the non-mathematician, this book is full of interesting nuggets and quirky asides, and contains plenty of illustrations and diagrams to light up and reduction realizing of an issue many dread, yet which has made the international what it really is today.

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