Here's Looking at Euclid

Here's Looking at Euclid

A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math

Book - 2010 | 1st Free Press hardcover ed
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Whether writing about how algebra solved Swedish traffic problems, visiting the Mental Calculation World Cup to disclose the secrets of lightning calculation, or exploring the links between pineapples and beautiful teeth, Bellos guides his readers into the world of mathematics while uncovering fascinating stories of mathematical achievement--from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of today's Zen master of origami.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2010
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416588252
Branch Call Number: 513 BEL 2010
Characteristics: xi, 319 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Feb 22, 2018

An amusing and broad look at the history and application of numbers and mathematics throughout history. The author travels the world interviewing various people with a love for numbers and how they apply them. With barely any equations in the book, the author succeeds in his attempt to share his wonderment of numbers and arithmetic to the reader. Well worth reading.

FindingJane Jun 23, 2016

Besides the clever title and cover, this is a fascinating book into the human relationships with numbers, how they originated, the lengths people will go to establish or debunk a theorem and why some people simply don’t know how to count. Filled with fun facts and careful mathematical steps, this book holds something of interest for the mathematically inclined or simply the curious amateur.

Sep 30, 2015

Clever, witty, entertaining, and fun to read. Surprising insights into the real world.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 14, 2014

Bellos, a mathematician and reporter for the Guardian, traveled around the globe and through history to put together this amazing book. From the breakthroughs of Euclid and Descartes to the hottest fields of math today, you will find his writing highly interesting and entertaining—even if you can't wrap your mind around all the numbers! Highly recommended.

Aug 20, 2012

Surprising, Excursion - check, check. This is not an exhaustive history of mathematics, but rather a few stops along that road. Some great anecdotes along the way, and even the table of contents tells a story. I understand that some of the proofs and other math bits are on the author's website. A good read!

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