The Math Book- A must read

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The Math Book

For Christmas I was fortunate enough to be given The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics. I must admit, I loaded the dice in my favour by dropping a few large hints beforehand!

I had seen this book on the website and was impressed by the numerous 5 star reviews it had. In short, upon getting the chance to dive into this book I was not disappointed. Each of the 250 articles are concisely summarised on a single page with a beautiful picture on the opposite page.

Where this book really succeeds is in it’s pitch. The language is colloquial enough to be accessible to anyone with an interest in mathematics yet specific enough to interest and engage the specialist. The book begins back in 150 million B.C. describing research that has shown that ants around back then were are able to ‘count’ to successfully navigate. The book ends discussing the ‘Mathematical Universe Hypothesis‘, a theory published by Max Tegmark in 1967 which suggests our universe is not described by mathematics, it actually is mathematics! All the well-known mathematical historical highlights are visited on the journey through the book including The Rhind Papyrus, Euclid‘s Elements, The Sieve of Eratosthenes and Goldbach‘s Conjecture etc.

This is a real ‘pick up, put down’ book that you can dip into for five to fifty-five minutes. If you’ve an interest in finding more about the history of our wonderful subject then this book is simply a must read.

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The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics

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