le 2 septembre 2012
I bought this book because I was interested in knowing more about mathematics in general, in a broader sense, not just how to calculate a perimeter or an exponential function, but how it was first founded, who are the most influential scientists to have improved mathematics, what are the different fields and how they articulate. And, well, this book did just that and much more.
It is very well organized in order to lead you step by step from basic concepts to more complicated mathematics with a middle section that tells you everything you need to know about the people who made mathematics what it is today. In short, it is a must-have for anybody who's mathcurious : from novice to expert.
Beware though, it is not an introduction or a student module. It is not conceived to actually teach mathematics. It is a companion, a guide-through, not a textbook with keys at the end.
But on top of everything, the book is a wonder to the eye and fingers. It is marvelously edited and a piece of jewelry to stand on any bookshelf. A perfect gift for enthusiasts.
le 16 novembre 2012
This book is divided in parts. The first part is a brief history of mathematics, gives somei insights into why math is the way it is today. The second part gives an overview of fields of mathematics. It is of extraordinarily high quality and easy to understand, written by experts in the respective fields and cover quiet sizable breadth.