Number, the language of science.


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"Beyond doubt the most interesting book on the evolution of mathematics which has ever fallen into my hands."--Albert Einstein Number is an eloquent, accessible tour de force that reveals how the concept of number evolved from prehistoric times through the twentieth century. Tobias Dantzig shows that the development of math--from the invention of counting to the discovery of infinity--is a profoundly human story that progressed by "trying and erring, by groping and stumbling." He shows how commerce, war, and religion ...

Number: The Language of Science 2007, Plume Books

ISBN-13: 9780452288119

Trade paperback

Number: The Language of Science 2005, Dutton Books

ISBN-13: 9780131856271

5th edition


Number. the Language of Science 1967, Free Press

ISBN-13: 9780029069905

4th edition

Trade paperback