By Jan Gullberg

**A lightly guided, profusely illustrated Grand journey of the area of mathematics.**

This notable paintings takes the reader on an extended and interesting journey--from the twin invention of numbers and language, in the course of the significant geographical regions of mathematics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, to the ultimate vacation spot of differential equations, with tours into mathematical common sense, set concept, topology, fractals, likelihood, and various different mathematical byways. The ebook is exclusive between well known books on arithmetic in combining an enticing, easy-to-read historical past of the topic with a finished mathematical survey textual content. meant, within the author's phrases, "for the good thing about those that by no means studied the topic, those that imagine they've got forgotten what they as soon as discovered, or people with a honest hope for extra knowledge," it hyperlinks arithmetic to the arts, linguistics, the usual sciences, and technology.

includes greater than a thousand unique technical illustrations, a mess of reproductions from mathematical classics and different correct works, and a beneficiant sprinkling of funny asides, starting from limericks and tall tales to cartoons and ornamental drawings. Over a thousand technical illustrations and cartoons and drawings

About the Author

Jan Gullberg is a practising normal health care provider. A local of Sweden, he's renowned there for his writings on numerous clinical and scientific subject matters. He now lives and works in Mosjn, Norway.

Reviews

What does arithmetic suggest? Is it numbers or mathematics, proofs or equations? Jan Gullberg starts off his vast historic evaluate with a few perception into why people locate it essential to "reckon," or count number, and what math capability to us. From there to the final bankruptcy, on differential equations, is a really lengthy, yet strangely engrossing trip. arithmetic covers how symbolic good judgment suits into cultures worldwide, and provides attention-grabbing biographical tidbits on mathematicians from Archimedes to Wiles. It's a huge publication, copiously illustrated with goofy little line drawings and sketch reprints. however the actual allure (at least for math buffs) lies within the scads of problems--with solutions--illustrating the techniques. It relatively invitations readers to take a seat down with a cup of tea, pencil and paper, and (ahem) a calculator and commence fixing. consider the 1st time you "got it" in math classification? With arithmetic you could recapture that bliss, and perhaps study anything new, too. everybody from schoolkids to professors (and perhaps even die-hard mathphobes) can locate whatever helpful, informative, or pleasing right here. --Therese Littleton

From clinical American

The e-book is an enthusiastic and totally notable popularization that supplies to be in print for decades.... it's an immense reference and a publication that's simple enjoyable to dip into. If a kin is to have in simple terms one arithmetic e-book at the reference shelf, then this is often the one.

From Booklist

A lengthy e-book on arithmetic? little need to brace your self for tedium. even if hoping on an abacus or fixing triple integrals, Gullberg explains his topic with an infectious zeal--and an unpredictable feel of humor. the fundamental formulation are all right here, making this a great reference for readers who can't rather be mindful what they as soon as realized approximately trigonometric capabilities or vector algebra. yet pay attention! these trying to find fast support with an issue may possibly locate themselves diverted for many hours via the wealth of old anecdotes, literary quotations, paintings, gentle verse, or even cartoons sprinkled liberally in the course of the pages. maybe simply because he's himself a well-practiced novice within the box instead of a certified, Gullberg anticipates completely the perplexities of the typical reader. Simplified derivations and diverse examples will solve lots of the difficult issues. however the element Gullberg makes clearest of all is that arithmetic may be very interesting and completely stress-free. Bryce Christensen

Review

An enthusiastic and completely awesome popularization....If a kinfolk is to have just one arithmetic booklet at the reference shelf, then this is often the only. -- medical American