MATHEMATICS: Our Great Heritage by William L.-- Ed. Schaaf

MATHEMATICS: Our Great Heritage

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For the mathematically literate (college algebra with better than a D) -- this collection of essays on the nature and cultural significance of mathematics should be a pleasure, especially if taken a bit at a time. The essays fall into five general groups:- mathematics as an expression of creative thinking, the origins of mathematical thought, its relationship to philosophy, to science and technology, and its humanistic implications. The writing is marked by a uniform clarity that occasionally becomes downright absorbing. It is astonishing how well mathematicians can handle the English language (especially when we recall the vagaries of some of our calculus instructors).

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 1948
Publisher: Harper