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The Great Mathematicians [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Raymond Flood , Robin Wilson
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1 Sep 2011 1848379021 978-1848379022
In 'The Great Mathematicians' you'll learn why Florence Nightingale introduced pie charts, how Lewis Carroll regarded Pythagoras's theorem, and why some infinities are larger than others. In addition to such well-known figures as Archimedes and Isaac Newton, you ll also meet the mathematician who knew eight languages by the time he was 11, the one who was sent to jail for gambling, the ones who wrote a book on why 1 + 1 = 2, the one who spent his entire life travelling the world, and the one who published a lot yet never existed...

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848379021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848379022
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 20.5 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 819,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Change! 13 Aug 2012
What a pleasant change, in these celebrity obsessed times, to celebrate a group of people who actually did something remarkable with their lives. And coming from two mathematics professors, Raymond Flood and Robin Wilson, it's a fine example of 'bringing maths to life'. As they point out in the introduction, this isn't a history of mathematics, it's their selection of the great mathematicians, from the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians up to the likes of Mandelbrot, Perelman and Wiles. And as you might expect, the maths gets more complex as time goes by, but Flood and Wilson make a good job of putting it across in a simple and understandable way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting,but could lead to a migraine. 19 May 2014
By dave42
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Full of facts,but unless you are a mathematican or extremely numerate most of it is difficult to comprehend.This is a book aimed,I suspect,at a quite limited readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Insights into their lives 15 Mar 2014
By Jainoo
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Gives a very good description of the lives of the famous Mathematicians over the years from early times and it is very easy to read, as the account of each one is short and concise and therefore the whole book is a real joy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 10 July 2014
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A very interesting read. Lots of short snippets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good light reading. 29 Jun 2014
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OK you could argue that this is too light and superficial, but for some light educational reading on the train or plane it is a good read. I am sure that unless you are a student of mathematical history you will learn something. I've taught maths for 30 years and it kept me fascinated.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more 11 Jun 2014
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Good coverage of the subject matter but at the expense of detail. Just when you think you are beginning to understand the importance of any of the mathematicians and their contribution to the knowledge base, you find you're on to 'the next one' and I felt there was a lot more information about to be revealed but it never materialised.
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