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Publisher Comments:

This stress-free layperson's introduction to the intriguing world of numbers is designed to acquaint the general reader with the elegance and wonder of mathematics. Unlike the typical boot-camp experience of a high school or college calculus course, Jefferson Hane Weaver's approach is more like a relaxing and educational walking tour. Along the way, tour-guide Weaver points out, explains, and invites readers to sample some of the most interesting topics.

Even the most math-phobic among us will be lulled into appreciation by Weaver's creative and disarming discussions of this supposedly formidable intellectual discipline. He covers all the basics: irrational and imaginary numbers, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, differential and integral calculus, the concepts of zero and infinity, vectors, set theory, chance and probability, and much more.

In conclusion, he provides five fascinating historical profiles, reviewing the life and work of Copernicus, Descartes, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton. More than anyone else, these five geniuses were responsible for creating the mathematical foundations of the physical sciences, which continue to make possible extraordinary discoveries and technological achievements.

This enjoyable volume gives readers a working knowledge of math's most important concepts, an appreciation of its elegant logical structure, and an understanding of its historical significance in creating our contemporary world.

Book News Annotation:

Written for the non-mathematician, this book outlines the origins and nature of mathematics, discusses very large numbers and fractions, reviews the fundamental axioms of algebra and trigonometry, and introduces probability theory. The final section chronicles the life and achievements of Copernicus, Descartes, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-280) and index.

About the Author

Jefferson Hane Weaver (Fort Lauderdale, FL) is the highly acclaimed author of many popular science books, including Conquering Statistics, The Story of Physics, and The Story of Mathematics.

Table of Contents

pt. 1. The world of mathematics. The origins of mathematics — What is mathematics? — pt. 2. Mathematics and the imagination. Really big numbers — Fractions — pt. 3. Mathematics before Newton. Algebra for everyone — Euclid's masterpiece — Geometry and mathematical reasoning — One, two, three, trigonometry — Graphs and more graphs — pt. 4. Mathematics for the people. Probability and games of chance — Bringing order to the Garden of Eden : an introduction to statistics — pt. 5. Melding mathematics and science. Copernicus, Kepler, and the rise of mathematics in science — Descartes, Galileo, and the mathematical universe — Isaac Newton and the search for universal laws.

Product Details

Prometheus Books
Amherst, N.Y.
Weaver, Jefferson Hane
Mathematics - General
General Mathematics
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 808
Publication Date:

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