Legend has it that the first magic square, where all lines and diagonals add up to the same figure, was revealed more than 2,000 years ago when a river turtle appeared to have ancient Chinese numerals inscribed on sections of its shell.
Patterns are everywhere in nature, and counting, measuring, and calculating changes are as old as civilization itself, as are many of the theorems and laws of math.
Over many centuries, great minds puzzled over the evidence and, step-by-step, edged ever closer to the truth. Behind every one of these breakthrough moments there is a story about a confounding puzzle that became a discovery and changed the way we see the world.
We call these Ponderables.
Includes a removable concertina housed in the back of the book providing a 12-page Timeline History of Mathematics.
$64.95Whether you're interested in the age of Plato and Aristotle or Poincare and Hilbert, whether you want to know more about the Pythagorean theorem or the golden mean, "A History of Mathematics" is an essential reference that will help you explore the incredible history of mathematics and the men and women who created it.
$29.95"Dunham writes for nonspecialists, and they will enjoy his piquant anecdotes and amusing asides" -- Booklist. "Artfully, Dunham conducts a tour of the mathematical universe. . . he believes these ideas to be accessible to the audience he wants to reach, and he writes so that they are." -- Nature