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The Mathematical Traveler : Exploring The Grand History Of Numbers - Calvin C. Clawson

The Mathematical Traveler

Exploring The Grand History Of Numbers

Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780738208350
Number Of Pages: 320

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Back in print at last, this classic work by Calvin Clawson examines the remarkable co-evolution of numbers and human culture. From the early clay beads and ropes that our ancestors used as primitive counting tools to the influence of fractals and complex number systems on chaos theory, The Mathematical traveller takes us on a journey over continents and through time to discover how mathematics has become an integral part of our world. We stop at ancient Sumeria, China, Greece, Italy, and England, where we learn about the discovery of our current counting system, the golden mean, pi, irrational numbers, and other mathematical innovations. More than just an overview of the history of numbers, The Mathematical traveller explores how the understanding of mathematics helped humanity to create the underpinnings of art, technology, economics, and science that shaped the world we live in today.

Introductionp. 1
How Do We Count?p. 5
Early Countingp. 19
Counting in Other Speciesp. 37
Ancient Numbersp. 49
Chinese and New World Numbersp. 77
Problems in Paradisep. 95
The Negative Numbersp. 121
Dealing with the Infinitep. 135
Dedekind's Cut: Irrational Numbersp. 161
Story of [pi]: Transcendental Numbersp. 181
Expanding the Kingdom: Complex Numbersp. 207
Really Big: Transfinite Numbersp. 223
The Genius Calculatorsp. 233
What Does It All Mean?p. 247
Numbers: Past, Present, and Futurep. 263
End Notesp. 281
Glossaryp. 289
Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780738208350
ISBN-10: 0738208353
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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