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Number: The Language of Science: The Masterpiece Science Edition Hardcover – 28 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New edition edition (28 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131856278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131856271
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.5 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,123,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

From the rudimentary mathematical abilities of prehistoric man to bizarre ideas at the edges of modern math, here is the story of mathematics through the history of its most central concept: number. Dantzig demonstrates that the evolution of numbers is inextricably linked with the history of human culture. He shows how advances in math were spurred by the demands of growing commerce in the ancient world; how the pure speculation of philosophers and religious mystics contributed to our understanding of numbers; how the exchange of ideas between cultures in times of war and imperial conquest fueled advances in knowledge; and how the forces of history combine with human intuition to trigger revolutions in thought. Dantzig's exposition of the foundations and philosophy of math is accessible to all readers. He explores many of the most fascinating topics in math, such as the properties of numbers, the invention of zero, and infinity. First published in 1930, this book is, beyond doubt, the best book on the evolution of mathematics - now again in print.

About the Author

Tobis Dantzig was born in Russia, and was taught by Henri Poincare in France before moving to the US. He recieved his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Inidiana. He died in 1956.

Joseph Mazur is Professor of Mathematics at Marlboro College.


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