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This review is from: Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers (Hardcover)This really is a classic, the most enjoyable overview of mathematics in print. The writing has both texture and clarity and the author clearly loves mathematics. Aside from its subject, it's quite probably a literary masterpiece.
Chapters can be read pretty much separately and in any order. Apart from using it to review and improve my math, I find it of fantastic assistance as a reference when reading technically dense material.
My only fault with this book are the sections on calculus and integration, which are a bit rushed, but this is minor compared to the overall quality of the of the text. The sections on the history and developments of mathematics are worth the price of the book alone. It's expensive, but beautifully bound and printed (the author did his own typesetting); you will been reading this book years from the day you buy it, unlike so many popular math paperbacks.