From Early Number Concepts to Chaos Theory


By:  Levy, Joel

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192 pg

MATHEMATICS / History & Philosophy

Mathematics opens new doors to the amazing world of maths. Telling the exciting story from a historical perspective, it shows how mathematical science advanced through the discoveries of the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Greeks, the great scholars of medieval Islam and Europe, and the Renaissance and the birth of the Scientific Revolution. This is all explored in a real world context by the renowned science writer Joel Levy.

From the simplest concepts of numbers and arithmetic, geometry and algebra, trigonometry and calculus, right through to infinity and chaos theory, Mathematics introduces and explains the most important concepts in accessible, non-technical language. Along the way we meet the extraordinary characters who made great leaps in our understanding of mathematical concepts and theorems, from Pythagoras and Archimedes, to Fibonacci and Fermat, Godel and Turing.

Joel Levy is a writer and journalist specializing in science and nature. He has written extensively on the history of science from the Early Modern and Enlightenment to the Romantic and Victorian era, and on the science, mythology and history of both monsters and mad scientists. His other books include: A Curious History of Mathematics (Carlton, 2013), Really Useful, the science and history of everyday technology; Poison: A Social History, on the science and lore of poisons; Newton's Notebooks, on the life and discoveries of Isaac Newton; and A Bee in a Cathedral, exploring analogies and thought experiments in science, nature and technology.