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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841939404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841939407
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Rooney is a full-time author living in Cambridge, England with a menagerie of animals and daughters. She sulks all winter and flourishes in the sunshine.

Before becoming a writer, she studied and taught medieval English and French literature. She writes short books for short children, longer books for longer children, and books of any length for adults, without regard to the size of the reader.

Her website is http://www.annerooney.com. She blogs as Stroppy Author at http://www.stroppyauthor.com. She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge from September 2014, and a member of the Society of Authors, Scattered Authors Society and National Union of Journalists.

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Author Anne Rooney weaves strands from every age and culture into a fascinating narrative, which coincidentally tells the story of how mankind moved on from cave dwelling to the life of today. Topics include the development of counting and numbers

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is absolutely packed with readable, accessible information on mathematics from the Greeks, Egyptians and Babylonians down to the solving of Fermat's Last Theorem. The illustrations throughout are attractive, informative and useful and add greatly to understanding as does the clear writing style of the author. It's one of those books that you pick up to check something, then you find yourself reading the information in a sidebar because that looked interesting .. which leads you to look someone up in the Index to see if there are any further references - and before you know where you are half an hour has passed and you have to remind yourself of what you looked up in the first place.

If I do have a slight criticism it's that there is no bibliography or list of references. Anne Rooney credits the help of Facebook friends (that's how up-to-date this book is) but there must have been some primary written sources of material for this book and it would have been interesting to know of some of them - even a selected bibliography would have been useful.

However that is a minor criticism. On the basis of this book Anne Rooney would be a great choice to do for Mathematics what the wonderful David Crystal has done for the English Language with his Cambridge Encyclopaedia. Finally this book is wonderful value for money - a fantastic buy for older children and adults alike.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Goodchild on 14 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book and can wholeheartedly recommend it to those interested in the history of science & technology. While only a short book it none-the-less does the job it is intended for; providing an accessible, clear insight into the important mathematicians & their discoveries that have shaped the modern world. The book contains lots of colour pictures & diagrams to communicate complex ideas succinctly, and has been very well written. Ideas that I haven't really understood properly since school have been opened up to me thanks to this handy little book. A fantastic read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Singh on 27 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
The Story of Mathematics by Anne Rooney
This book is full of interesting facts on the history of mathematics such as where our symbols + , - , = and originated from. There are also details of mathematics of the 20th Century such as fractals and fuzzy logic. In places the book is fascinating reading such as `Pascal's Triangle is called Khayyam's Triangle in Iran.' A student doing mathematics would find this book intriguing and learn some entertaining facts about the history of the subject.
The author has made good use of colour in diagrams but the diagrams are not referenced. There is also no caption for tables.
The layout of some details is rather peculiar. For example page 27 of the book claims that minus sign was first used by Johannes Widmann but does not mention who Widmann is until page 130.
In general the book is full of interesting facts but does lack detail in places. I think it would have been a better book with fewer facts but more details and mathematics about some of these facts.
I personally do not like the text layout in two columns per page. It just doesn't flow as well as a traditional one column per page book. Additionally it is confusing in places with various diagrams and boxed information on the same page. However I can see the advantage of being a portable book of 208 pages, something that you can fit into your pocket.
Font size of the comprehensive index is rather small with three columns to the page.
Even with these reservations I would recommend this book to any student or layman who is interested in the history of mathematics.
Kuldeep Singh
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