Benjamin Wardhaugh's A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular PDF

By Benjamin Wardhaugh

ISBN-10: 0691147752

ISBN-13: 9780691147758

Despite what we could occasionally think, well known arithmetic writing didn't commence with Martin Gardner. in reality, it has a wealthy culture stretching again hundreds and hundreds of years. This pleasing and enlightening anthology--the first of its kind--gathers approximately 100 interesting decisions from the prior 500 years of renowned math writing, bringing to existence a little-known part of math historical past. starting from the past due 15th to the past due 20th century, and drawing from books, newspapers, magazines, and internet sites, A Wealth of Numbers comprises leisure, school room, and paintings arithmetic; mathematical histories and biographies; debts of upper arithmetic; motives of mathematical tools; discussions of the way math could be taught and realized; reflections at the position of math on this planet; and math in fiction and humor.

Featuring many tips, video games, difficulties, and puzzles, in addition to a lot background and trivialities, the decisions contain a sixteenth-century advisor to creating a horizontal sundial; "Newton for the Ladies" (1739); Leonhard Euler at the thought of pace (1760); "Mathematical Toys" (1785); a poetic model of the rule of thumb of 3 (1792); "Lotteries and Mountebanks" (1801); Lewis Carroll at the online game of good judgment (1887); "Maps and Mazes" (1892); "Einstein's genuine Achievement" (1921); "Riddles in Mathematics" (1945); "New Math for Parents" (1966); and "PC Astronomy" (1997). prepared by way of thematic chapters, every one choice is positioned in context via a short creation.

A detailed window into the hidden background of renowned arithmetic, A Wealth of Numbers will supply many hours of enjoyable and studying to a person who loves well known arithmetic and science.

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And if you divide this number by 20, the Quotient will be 47,223,664,828,696 Tons; that is, Forty-seven millions of millions, two hundred twenty-three thousand six hundred sixty-four millions, eight hundred twenty-eight thousand, six hundred ninety-six Tons. Which will require 47,223,664,828—that is, Forty-seven thousand two hundred twenty-three millions, six hundred “SPORTS AND PASTIMES, DONE BY NUMBER” 13 sixty-four thousand, eight hundred twenty-eight—Ships of a thousand Ton apiece to carry it.

MUCH NECESSARY FOR ALL STATES OF MEN” 35 saying, “6 and 0 is 6,” write 6 under 6, as thus. 160 136 6 And then go to the second figures, and do likewise: as in saying, “3 and 6 is 9;” write 9 under 6 and 3, as here you see. 160 136 96 And likewise do you with the figures that be in the third place, saying, “1 and 1 be 2:” write 2 under them, and then will your whole sum appear thus. 160 136 296 So that now you see that 160 and 136 do make in all 296. S CHOLAR: What, this is very easy to do; me thinketh I can do it, even thus .

MUCH NECESSARY FOR ALL STATES OF MEN” 35 saying, “6 and 0 is 6,” write 6 under 6, as thus. 160 136 6 And then go to the second figures, and do likewise: as in saying, “3 and 6 is 9;” write 9 under 6 and 3, as here you see. 160 136 96 And likewise do you with the figures that be in the third place, saying, “1 and 1 be 2:” write 2 under them, and then will your whole sum appear thus. 160 136 296 So that now you see that 160 and 136 do make in all 296. S CHOLAR: What, this is very easy to do; me thinketh I can do it, even thus .

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