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Mathematics and the Imagination (Dover Books on Mathematics) [Kindle Edition]

Edward Kasner , James Newman
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Anyone who gambles, plays cards, loves puzzles, or simply seeks an intellectual challenge will love this amusing and thought-provoking book. With wit and clarity, the authors deftly progress from simple arithmetic to calculus and non-Euclidean geometry. "Charming and exciting." — Saturday Review of Literature. Includes 169 figures.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
My school teacher gave me this book to read when I was 13 years old, based on the interest I showed in Mathematics that went beyond the curriculum at school. In many ways it was way beyond my comprehension at the time, but little did I know that it would have such a lasting effect on me. Reading about concepts of infinity, that you could only describe to a fellow teenager as "different sizes of infinity", I realized that there really is a philosophy of mathematics that transcends all other subjects and that there is also an art to working with the subject. I can't recommend this book enough, and I never did give it back to my teacher!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars facinating exploration 18 Jun. 2009
By Nicola
I thought this was an excellent book. The maths is really intense, advanced and facinating, it covers everything from puzzles to the googol, logarithms and much more. I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book wanting to learn about the more abstract? Varieties of mathematics that seem to figure increasingly in philosophy and analysis in recent years. The book has certainly enabled me some useful insight into this area, and I liked the engaging style of the author. However I found I got completely stuck after a while. Finding some of the explanations resulting in for me a perception ambivalence which I could not move past. Probably my earlier background in engineering (where success came from structured logic and sticking to the formula).. was working against me here. I realise that others do understand these concepts though. I am now looking for a book which can hopefully get me past the bits I was stuck on.
Overall I feel that for what I paid, this book does represent good value, and has certainly stimulated my interest to explore further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old but well written intro to thoughtful subjects 7 April 2014
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What this book is good at is stimulating the flavour of the mathematical adventure in its readers. It treats nothing with any depth being mainly verbal but the topics raised are not trivial and the reader is led into the story of each topic in an adult fashion without the stress of "sums". Might suit a young person with a curious mind to win their fondness for the process of the mathematical experience as opposed to intimidating and boring them by being too hard and unimaginative. Might suit an older person with a young mind.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars example answer are not clear 24 May 2014
By ali
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
please do not buy it readers beccuase examples are not clear explained in book , or too small examples. and too much writing in explanation. in maths are number not writing .
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