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A brief history of mathematical thought, Luke Heaton

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A brief history of mathematical thought
Title
A brief history of mathematical thought
Statement of responsibility
Luke Heaton
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Emblazoned on many advertisements for the wildly popular game of Sudoku are the reassuring words, "no mathematical knowledge required." Anxiety about math plagues many of us, and school memories can still summon intense loathing. In A Brief History of Mathematical Thought, Luke Heaton shows that much of what many think-and fear-about mathematics is misplaced, and to overcome our insecurities we need to understand its history. To help, he offers a lively guide into and through the world of mathematics and mathematicians, one in which patterns and arguments are traced through logic in a language grounded in concrete experience. Heaton reveals how Greek and Roman mathematicians like Pythagoras, Euclid, and Archimedes helped shaped the early logic of mathematics; how the Fibonacci sequence, the rise of algebra, and the invention of calculus are connected; how clocks, coordinates, and logical padlocks work mathematically; and how, in the twentieth century, Alan Turing's revolutionary work on the concept of computation laid the groundwork for the modern world. A Brief History of Mathematical Thought situates mathematics as part of, and essential to, lived experience. Understanding it requires not abstract thought or numbing memorization but an historical imagination and a view to its origins. --
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Heaton, Luke;
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Mathematics
  • Math anxiety
Label
A brief history of mathematical thought, Luke Heaton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Beginnings -- From Greece to Rome -- Ratio and proportion -- The rise of algebra -- Mechanics and the calculus -- Leonhard Euler and the Bridges of Königsberg -- Euclid's fifth and the reinvention of geometry -- Working with the infinite -- The structures of logical form -- Alan Turing and the concept of computation -- Kurt Gödel and the power of polynomials -- Modelling the world -- Lived experience and the nature of facts
Control code
ocn942885049
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780190621766
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016004417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)942885049
Label
A brief history of mathematical thought, Luke Heaton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Beginnings -- From Greece to Rome -- Ratio and proportion -- The rise of algebra -- Mechanics and the calculus -- Leonhard Euler and the Bridges of Königsberg -- Euclid's fifth and the reinvention of geometry -- Working with the infinite -- The structures of logical form -- Alan Turing and the concept of computation -- Kurt Gödel and the power of polynomials -- Modelling the world -- Lived experience and the nature of facts
Control code
ocn942885049
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780190621766
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016004417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)942885049

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