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Title LinkA wealth of numbers : an anthology of 500 years of popular mathematics writing / edited by Benjamin Wardhaugh.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2012.
Description xv, 370 p. :  ill. ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Monograph
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Contents: 1. "Sports and pastimes, done by number" : mathematical tricks, mathematical games. The well spring of sciences / Humfrey Baker, 1564 ; Mathematical recreations / Henry von Etten, 1633 ; How prodigiously numbers do increase / William Leybourne, 1667 ; Profitable and delightful problems / Jacques Ozanam, 1708 ; Lotteries and mountebanks / L. Despiau, 1801 ; Dodging the mastodon and the plesiosaurus / Henry Ernest Dudeney, 1917 ; Plenty of interesting things to be discovered / NRICH, 1998-2004 -- 
Contents: 2. "Much necessary for all states of men" : from arithmetic to algebra. Addition and subtraction / Robert Recorde, 1543 ; Multiplication and division / Thomas Masterson, 1592 ; Reducing fractions / John Tapp, 1621 ; Decimal fractions / Edward Hatton, 1695 ; Extracting square roots / William Banson, 1760 ; The rule of three / Wardhaugh Thompson, 1771 ; The rule of three, in verse / Nathan Withy, 1792 ; The first analysts / Joseph Fenn, 1775 ; Quadratic equations / The Popular Educator, 1855 ; Cubic equations for the practical man / J. E. Thompson, 1931 -- 3. "A goodly struggle" : problems, puzzles, and challenges. The ladies’ diary / 1798 ; The girl’s own book / Lydia Marie Child, 1835 ; The boy’s own magazine / 1855 ; The analyst / 1874 ; Can you solve it? / Arthur Hirschberg, 1926 ; Mathematical challenges / 1989 -- 
Contents: 4." Drawyng [sic], measuring and proporcion [sic]" : geometry and trigonometry. Points and lines / Robert Recorde, 1551 ; Squares and triangles / Thomas Rudd, 1650 ; Pythagoras’s theorem / Edmund Scarburgh, 1705 ; Trigonometrical definitions / Edward Wells, 1714 ; The resolution of triangles / Hugh Worthington, 1780 ; Introduction to spherical geometry / Horatio Nelson Robinson, 1854 ; Napier’s rules / Alan Clive Gardner, 1956 -- 
Contents: 5. Maps, monsters, and riddles : the worlds of mathematical popularization.The Athenian Mercury / 1691-1697 ; Newton for the ladies / Francesco Algarotti, 1739 ; Maps and mazes / W. W. Rouse Ball, 1892 ; Einstein’s real achievement / Oliver Lodge, 1921 ; Riddles in mathematics / Eugene P. Northrop, 1945 ; Fermat’s last theorem / Hans Rademacher and Otto Toeplitz, 1957 ; Where does it end? / Dan Pedoe, 1958 ; Yamátárájabhánasalagám / Sherman K. Stein, 1963 ; Saddles and soap bubbles / Iakov Isaevich Khurgin, 1974 ; The monster unveiled / The Times, 1980 -- 6. "To ease and expedite the" work : mathematical instruments and how to use them. Cards for the sea / Martín Cortés, 1561 ; Making a horizontal sundial / Thomas Fale, 1593 ; Speaking-rods / Seth Partridge, 1648 ; Telescopes refracting and reflecting / The Juvenile Encyclopedia, 1800-1801 ; Scales simple and diagonal / J. F. Heather, 1888 ; Making a star clock / Roy Worvill, 1974 ; PC astronomy / Peter Duffet-Smith, 1997 -- 
Contents: 7. "How fine a mind" : mathematicians past. The labyrinth and abyss of infinity / Voltaire, 1733 ; It must have commenced with mankind / Charles Hutton, 1796 ; Kepler’s astronomical publications / Robert Small, 1804 ; Isaac Newton, a good and great man / Anonymous, 1860 ; Pythagoras and his theorem / Thomas L. Heath, 1908 ; Seki Kowa / David Eugene Smith and Yoshio Mikami, 1914 ; Her absolute, incomparable uniqueness / B. L. van der Waerden, 1935 ; One of your calculating fits / George Bernard Shaw, 1939 ; Analysis incarnate / Carl Boyer, 1968 ; Hardy and Littlewood rummage / Robert Kanigel, 1991 -- 
Contents: 8. "By plan and practical rules" : mathematics at work. High marshal and camp master / Leonard Digges, 1579 ; The practical gauger / William Hunt, 1673 ; Geodaesia / John Love, 1688 ; Plain sailing / Archibald Patoun, 1762 ; High-pressure engines / William Templeton, 1833 ; The strength of materials / Lucius D. Gould, 1853 ; Plumbing and hydraulics / William H. Dooley, 1920 ; Automobiles and printing / Samuel Slade and Louis Margolis, 1941 -- 
Contents: 9. "The speedier expedition of their learning" : thoughts on teaching and learning mathematics. To have their children or servants instructed / Humfrey Baker, 1590 ; Euclid with algebra / Isaac Barrow, 1660 ; The idea of velocity / Leonhard Euler, 1760 ; Mathematical toys / Mrs Lovechild, 1785 ; A mother explains comets / Catherine Vale Whitwell, 1823 ; Geometry without axioms / Thomas Perronet Thompson, 1833 ; The game of logic / Lewis Carroll, 1887 ; Higher mathematics for women / Mrs. Henry Sidgwick, 1912 ; A new aspect of mathematical method / George Polya, 1945 ; New math for parents / Evelyn Sharp, 1966 ; Merely a formal statement of the way we think / Robert E. Eicholz and Phares G. O’Daffer, 1964 ; Turtle fun / Serafim Gascoigne, 1985 -- 
Contents: 10. "So fundamentally useful a science" : reflections on mathematics and its place in the world. The myrrour of the worlde / Gossuin of Metz, 1481 ; A very fruitfull fraeface / John Dee, 1570 ; Geometry is improving daily / Joseph Glanvill, 1664 ; The fifth element / Edmund Scarburgh, 1705 ; Of mathematics in general / Richard Sault, 1710 ; Lineal arithmetic / William Playfair, 1798 ; Astronomy in New South Wales / Charles Stargard Rumker, 1825 ; The advantages of mathematics / William Barnes, 1834 ; Sylvester Contra Huxley / J. J. Sylvester, 1870 ; What a mathematical proposition is / Cassius Jackson Keyser, 1929 ; The character of physical law / Richard P. Feynman, 1965 ; Our invisible culture / Allen L. Hammond, 1978 -- 
Contents: The mathematicians who never were : fiction and humor. Spider-men and lice-men / Margaret Cavendish, 1666 ; In the court of Lilliput / Captain Gulliver, 1727 ; Automathes / John Kirkby, 1745 ; The loves of the triangles / John Frere, 1798 ; Master Senex the astronomer / William Combe, 1815 ; An ode to the mathematics / Alfred Domett, 1833 ; Some veritable urania / Augusta Jane Evans, 1864 ; Fun / 1863, 1870 ; A sight of thine interior / Edwin A. Abbott, 1884 ; Scenes in the life of Pythagoras / Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle, 1953 ; Bao Suyo / Kim Stanley Robinson, 1996.
Subject LinkMathematics.
Add.Author LinkWardhaugh, Benjamin, 1979-

System Number 000663383
ISBN Link9780691147758 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
Link0691147752 (hardcover : acid-free paper)

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