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Excellent book for the inquisitive mind,
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What I liked about this book is that Devlin explained mathematical proofs and methods using plain language, covering topics as diverse as Euclid's geometry, non-Euclidean geometry, manifolds, tessellations, calculus, probability, knot theory, Maxwell's equations, Einstein's theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, though he only touches on these last three at the end of the book.
In particular, I liked his explanation of Bayesian probabilities using 2 real-world examples, his explanation of fields and groups (including Evariste Galois' seminal discovery) and his explanation of the fundamentals of calculus. I never knew that integration actually evolved independently of Newton's and Leibniz's differential calculus, originating with a student of Archimedes, Eudoxus, and the discovery that they were inverse functions of each other was a serendipitous surprise.
Although I'm well read in science and mathematics, this book gave expositions that had previously eluded me, and it will open the eyes of people who think mathematics is an elitist sect.
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