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Lectures on Elementary Mathematics (Dover Books on Mathematics) Paperback – 25 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (25 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486462811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486462813
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 0.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,591,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a series of lectures given by Lagrange at the École Normale in 1795 complete with a biographical sketch by Thomas McCormack. The lectures cover arithmetic, algebra, equation solving and geometry among other areas. At the time they were considered among the finest introductory materials and I can see why. Even translated Lagrange covers each apparently elementary topic with clarity and there is a depth you may not have expected; almost immediately offering alternatives to the usual methods in which to multiply and divide, for instance.

What is interesting to note are the differences between this and a modern textbook. Modern textbooks are great but here you get mote depth than the usual elementary treatment and a few interesting methods that you may not have previously encountered or employed. As an accompaniment to existing textbooks I would recommend this to an enthusiast or serious gcse and A level student aspiring to further study. It is 5 stars in its time, the only reason for 'losing' a star is in terms of layout and examples - but of course these were lectures not the lessons & practice associated with a modern text so perhaps it is a little unfair to make those comparisons.
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