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Mathematical Sorcery: Revealing the Secrets of Numbersby Calvin C Clawson
Synopses & Reviews
The secret of constellations, the enigma of the golden mean, and the brilliance of a proof-these are just some of the wonders Clawson explores with unbridled delight in this recreational math book. Throughout the book he divulges the wisdom of the ancient Greeks, Sumerians, Babylonians, and Egyptians, whose stunning revelations still have deep meaning today.Transporting us beyond mere appreciation, Clawson urges us to tackle functions, tangents, and the concept of infinity. He helps us intuitively comprehend these and other building blocks of mathematics through explaining their discovery and uses. By accompanying him on his journey, we taste the fruit of knowledge that has eluded us until now.
Book News Annotation:
An enthusiastic overview of the history of mathematics, this book explains how ancient scholars devised the rules of mathematics and illustrates the significance of these rules for modern life. Balancing the elusiveness of numbers with the rigor of mathematical theory, Clawson (mathematics, Seattle Community College) discusses the experiments that have defined the field and the results they have produced. The book first appeared in 1999.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A unique and utterly charming guide to the history of mathematics.
About the Author
Calvin C. Clawson is the author of The Mathematical Traveler and Conquering Math Phobia. He has published over two dozen short stories, and won an award from the National Writers Association for his novel The White Badger. A teacher of mathematics at Seattle Community College, he lives south of Issaquah, Washington.
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