Number: The Masterpiece Science Edition: The Language of Science

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"Beyond doubt the most interesting book on the evolution of mathematics which has ever fallen into my hands."--Albert Einstein
Number is an eloquent, accessible tour de force that reveals how the concept of number evolved from prehistoric times through the twentieth century. Tobias Dantzig shows that the development of math--from the invention of counting to the discovery of infinity--is a profoundly human story that progressed by "trying and erring, by groping and stumbling." He shows how commerce, war, and religion led to advances in math, and he recounts the stories of individuals whose breakthroughs expanded the concept of number and created the mathematics that we know today.

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Beyond doubt the most interesting book on the evolution of mathematics which has ever fallen into my hands. (Albert Einstein)

A classic . . . it deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of thought. (Charles Seife, author of "Zero" and "Decoding the Universe")

Anyone interested in the history of numbers and mathematics should read this book. (Mario Livio, author of "The Golden Ratio")
A classic . . . it deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of thought. (Charles Seife, author of "Zero" and "Decoding the Universe")
Beyond doubt the most interesting book on the evolution of mathematics which has ever fallen into my hands. (Albert Einstein)

"Beyond doubt the most interesting book on the evolution of mathematics which has ever fallen into my hands."-- Albert Einstein
"Anyone interested in the history of numbers and mathematics should read this book."-- Mario Livio, author of The Golden Ratio
"A classic . . . it deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of thought."-- Charles Seife, author of Zero and Decoding the Universe

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From the rudimentary mathematical abilities of prehistoric man to bizarre ideas at the edges of modern math, here is the story of mathematics through the history of its most central concept: number. Dantzig demonstrates that the evolution of numbers is inextricably linked with the history of human culture. He shows how advances in math were spurred by the demands of growing commerce in the ancient world; how the pure speculation of philosophers and religious mystics contributed to our understanding of numbers; how the exchange of ideas between cultures in times of war and imperial conquest fueled advances in knowledge; and how the forces of history combine with human intuition to trigger revolutions in thought. Dantzig's exposition of the foundations and philosophy of math is accessible to all readers. He explores many of the most fascinating topics in math, such as the properties of numbers, the invention of zero, and infinity. First published in 1930, this book is, beyond doubt, the best book on the evolution of mathematics - now again in print.

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