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An introduction to mathematics

Author: Alfred North Whitehead
Publisher: Mineola : Dover Publications, 2017.
Series: Dover books on mathematics.
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"The object of the following chapters is not to teach mathematics, but to enable students from the very beginning of their course to know what the science is about, and why it is necessarily the foundation of exact thought as applied to natural phenomena." Thus begins this volume by the prominent English philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead, a concise statement on the nature and meaning of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947.
Introduction to mathematics.
Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., 2017
(DLC) 2016058718
(OCoLC)967417675
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred North Whitehead
ISBN: 9780486821382 0486821382
OCLC Number: 987101829
Description: 1 online resource (157 pages).
Contents: The abstract nature of mathematics --
Variables --
Methods of application --
Dynamics --
The symbolism of mathematics --
Generalizations of numbers --
Imaginary numbers --
Imaginary numbers (continued) --
Coordinate geometry --
Conic sections --
Functions --
Periodicity in nature --
Trigonometry --
Series --
The differential calculus --
Geometry --
Quantity.
Series Title: Dover books on mathematics.
Responsibility: Alfred North Whitehead.

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"The object of the following chapters is not to teach mathematics, but to enable students from the very beginning of their course to know what the science is about, and why it is necessarily the foundation of exact thought as applied to natural phenomena." Thus begins this volume by the prominent English philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead, a concise statement on the nature and meaning of mathematics for the general student. Expertly written and abounding in insights, the book presents a lively exposition of mathematical concepts, the history of their development and their applications to the physical world. Whitehead explains in broad terms what mathematics is about, what it does, and how mathematicians do it. Generations of readers who have stayed with the philosopher from the beginning to the end have found themselves amply rewarded for taking this journey. As The New York Times observed decades ago, "Whitehead doesn't popularize or make palatable; he is simply lucid and cogent ... A finely balanced mixture of knowledge and urbanity ... Should delight you."

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