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Genre/Form: | Electronic books Problems, exercises, etc |
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Additional Physical Format: | Print version: Wealth of numbers. Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2012 (DLC) 2011038672 (OCoLC)755640747 |

Material Type: | Document, Internet resource |

Document Type: | Internet Resource, Computer File |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Benjamin Wardhaugh |

ISBN: | 9781400841981 1400841984 |

OCLC Number: | 782925095 |

Description: | 1 online resource. |

Contents: | Cover; Contents; Preface; 1 ""Sports and Pastimes, Done by Number"": Mathematical Tricks, Mathematical Games; The Well Spring of Sciences: Humfrey Baker, 1564; Mathematical Recreations: Henry van Etten, 1633; ""How Prodigiously Numbers Do Increase"": William Leybourne, 1667; Profitable and Delightful Problems: Jacques Ozanam, 1708; Lotteries and Mountebanks: L. Despiau, 1801; Dodging the Mastodon and the Plesiosaurus: Henry Ernest Dudeney, 1917; ""Plenty of Interesting Things to Be Discovered"": NRICH, 1998-2004; 2 ""Much Necessary for All States of Men"": From Arithmetic to Algebra. Addition and Subtraction: Robert Recorde, 1543Multiplication and Division: Thomas Masterson, 1592; Reducing Fractions: John Tapp, 1621; Decimal Fractions: Edward Hatton, 1695; Extracting Square Roots: William Banson, 1760; The Rule of Three: Wardhaugh Thompson, 1771; The Rule of Three, in Verse: Nathan Withy, 1792; ""The First Analysts"": Joseph Fenn, 1775; Quadratic Equations: The Popular Educator, 1855; Cubic Equations for the Practical Man: J.E. Thompson, 1931; 3 ""A Goodly Struggle"": Problems, Puzzles, and Challenges; The Ladies' Diary: 1798; The Girl's Own Book: Lydia Marie Child, 1835. The Boy's Own Magazine: 1855""The Analyst"": 1874; Can You Solve It?: Arthur Hirschberg, 1926; Mathematical Challenges: 1989; 4 ""Drawyng, Measuring and Proporcion"": Geometry and Trigonometry; Points and Lines: Robert Recorde, 1551; Squares and Triangles: Thomas Rudd, 1650; Pythagoras's Theorem: Edmund Scarburgh, 1705; Trigonometrical Definitions: Edward Wells, 1714; The Resolution of Triangles: Hugh Worthington, 1780; Introduction to Spherical Geometry: Horatio Nelson Robinson, 1854; Napier's Rules: Alan Clive Gardner, 1956. 5 Maps, Monsters, and Riddles: The Worlds of Mathematical PopularizationThe Athenian Mercury: 1691-1697; Newton for the Ladies: Francesco Algarotti, 1739; Maps and Mazes: W.W. Rouse Ball, 1892; ""Einstein's Real Achievement"": Oliver Lodge, 1921; Riddles in Mathematics: Eugene P. Northrop, 1945; Fermat's Last Theorem: Hans Rademacher and Otto Toeplitz, 1957; Where Does It End?: Dan Pedoe, 1958; Yamátárájabhánasalagám: Sherman K. Stein, 1963; Saddles and Soap Bubbles: Iakov Isaevich Khurgin, 1974; ""The Monster"" Unveiled: The Times, 1980. 6 ""To Ease and Expedite the Work"": Mathematical Instruments and How to Use Them""Cards for the Sea"": Martín Cortés, 1561; Making a Horizontal Sundial: Thomas Fale, 1593; Speaking-Rods: Seth Partridge, 1648; Telescopes Refracting and Reflecting: The Juvenile Encyclopedia, 1800-1801; Scales Simple and Diagonal: J.F. Heather, 1888; Making a Star Clock: Roy Worvill, 1974; PC Astronomy: Peter Duffet-Smith, 1997; 7 ""How Fine a Mind"": Mathematicians Past; The Labyrinth and Abyss of Infinity: Voltaire, 1733; ""It Must Have Commenced with Mankind"": Charles Hutton, 1796. |

Responsibility: | [edited by] Benjamin Wardhaugh. |

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"One of the pleasures of this book is reading the texts in the language of the day... The collection as a whole provides the general reader with a history of mathematics, biographical and otherwise, through popular writing. Because the writing was aimed at general readers of its time, it is usually accessible to the average mathematical reader of our time. The book would be an excellent reference for teachers of mathematics and for those researching the history of the dissemination of mathematical ideas."--Carol Dorf, American Scientist "[F]or the enthusiast for the history of popular maths writing this is a must-have book."--Brian Clegg, Popular Science "In A Wealth of Numbers, we have the end product of what must have been a lot of challenging research... This book works well for random browsing as well as for sustained reading; purely recreational essays and puzzle problems are well-mixed with more serious topics such as an article explaining Cantor's diagonalization proof and 'Cubic equations for the practical man.' There's something in here for everyone, and it's a great contribution to the mathematics literature to have it all in one place."--Mark Bollman, MAA Reviews "Wardhaugh provides an exciting addition to mathematics anthologies... The physical format is very reader-friendly, with especially good line spacing and margins. The book is valuable for all libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate study, as well as many public libraries. Faculty should consider this as a source of comprehensible readings for aspiring mathematics majors. Individuals interested in math history will want a copy for their personal libraries."--Choice "The Wardhaugh book is a welcome addition to anthologies that have preceded it... Although written for the general reader who is interested in mathematics, the collection is apropos for those who are more mathematically oriented as well... [T]his well-thought-out, eclectic collection will provide hours of enjoyable reading."--Jim Tattersall, CSHPM "Fascinating to browse, a delight to read, and informative... Get this book! It is as much fun to read as it is to share with others, especially students who can gain from doses of past mathematical realities."--Jerry Johnson, Mathematics Teacher "This book permits the reader to pick it up whenever he or she has a few minutes (or longer) to spare, and find a section to fit the available free time and mood. It will provide the reader, novice and expert alike, many hours of learning filled with surprise, pleasure, amazement, and sometimes laughter."--Godfried Toussaint, Zentralblatt MATH "A Wealth of Numbers explores the often overlooked history of popular mathematics in an easy to read and captivating manner. I recommend the book, not only as an excellent research text in this area of mathematics, but as an interesting and entertaining read."--Steve Humble, Mathematics Today Magazine Read more...

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