By Jan Gullberg

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

This amazing paintings takes the reader on an extended and interesting journey--from the twin invention of numbers and language, during the significant nation-states 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 booklet is exclusive between well known books on arithmetic in combining an interesting, easy-to-read heritage of the topic with a entire 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 common sciences, and technology.

comprises greater than a thousand unique technical illustrations, a large number of reproductions from mathematical classics and different appropriate works, and a beneficiant sprinkling of funny asides, starting from limericks and tall tales to cartoons and ornamental drawings. Over one thousand technical illustrations and cartoons and drawings

About the Author

Jan Gullberg is a working towards normal health care provider. A local of Sweden, he's popular there for his writings on numerous medical and scientific issues. He now lives and works in Mosjn, Norway.

Reviews

What does arithmetic suggest? Is it numbers or mathematics, proofs or equations? Jan Gullberg begins his sizeable historic assessment with a few perception into why humans locate it essential to "reckon," or count number, and what math potential to us. From there to the final bankruptcy, on differential equations, is a really lengthy, yet strangely engrossing trip. arithmetic covers how symbolic common sense matches into cultures all over the world, and provides attention-grabbing biographical tidbits on mathematicians from Archimedes to Wiles. It's a huge ebook, copiously illustrated with goofy little line drawings and sketch reprints. however the actual charm (at least for math buffs) lies within the scads of problems--with solutions--illustrating the innovations. It relatively invitations readers to sit down down with a cup of tea, pencil and paper, and (ahem) a calculator and commence fixing. take into account the 1st time you "got it" in math classification? With arithmetic you could recapture that bliss, and perhaps research anything new, too. every person from schoolkids to professors (and probably even die-hard mathphobes) can locate anything important, informative, or interesting the following. --Therese Littleton

From clinical American

The booklet is an enthusiastic and completely extraordinary popularization that delivers to be in print for decades.... it really is an immense reference and a booklet that's simple enjoyable to dip into. If a relatives is to have simply one arithmetic booklet at the reference shelf, then this is often the one.

From Booklist

A lengthy booklet on arithmetic? no use 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 experience of humor. the fundamental formulation are all the following, making this an amazing reference for readers who can't really have in mind what they as soon as realized approximately trigonometric features or vector algebra. yet watch out! these trying to find quickly aid with an issue may perhaps locate themselves diverted for many hours via the wealth of historic anecdotes, literary quotations, art, mild verse, or even cartoons sprinkled liberally during the pages. possibly simply because he's himself a well-practiced beginner within the box instead of a certified, Gullberg anticipates completely the perplexities of the common reader. Simplified derivations and diverse examples will remedy lots of the demanding issues. however the aspect Gullberg makes clearest of all is that arithmetic might be very interesting and completely relaxing. Bryce Christensen

Review

An enthusiastic and completely remarkable popularization....If a relations is to have just one arithmetic e-book at the reference shelf, then this is often the single. -- medical American