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**EDITORIAL INFORMATION**
Mathematics is the backbone of science, the foundation of logic.
In this comprehensive and entertaining historical survey *Mathematics: From the Birth
of Numbers*, Swedish science writer and physician **Jan Gullberg** traces
the evolution of modern mathematics from its humble origin as counting tool to its richly
elaborated present state.
*(Extracted from the press release).*
**GENERAL TABLE OF CONTENTS**
** **
- -Contents in Brief.
- -Preface.
- -Contents.
- -Foreword: "Mathematics in Our Culture" by
*Peter Hilton*.
- -Information for the Reader.
- -1- Numbers and Language.
- -2- Systems of Numeration.
- -3- Types of Numbers.
- -4- Cornerstones of Mathematics.
- -5- Combinatorics.
- -6- Symbolic Logic.
- -7- Set Theory.
- -8- Introduction to Sequences and Series.
- -9- Theory of Equations.
- -10- Introduction to Functions.
- -11- Overture to the Geometries.
- -12- Elementary Geometry.
- -13- Trigonometry.
- -14- Hyperbolic Functions.
- -15- Analytic Geometry.
- -16- Vector Analysis.
- -17- Fractals.
- -18- Matrices and Determinants.
- -19- Embarking on Calculus.
- -20- Introduction to Differential Calculus.
- -21- Introduction to Integral Calculus.
- -22- Power Series.
- -23- Indeterminate Limits.
- -24- Complex Numbers Revisited.
- -25- Extrema and Critical Points.
- -26- Arc Length.
- -27- Centroids.
- -28- Area.
- -29- Volume.
- -30- Motion.
- -31- Harmonic Analysis.
- -32- Methods of Approximation.
- -33- Probability Theory.
- -34- Differential Equations.
- -Bibliography.
- -Name Index.
- -Subject Index.
- -Symbols in Common Use.
**OUR REVIEW**
Recognising the fundamental value of mathematics as one of the
capital sciences that sustain human knowledge, it turns out to be rather strange to get to
know that this is one of the subjects having a lesser charisma among students. The reasons
for that are several, yet no doubt the most important one is the lack of an adequate
method that makes of mathematics something attractive and interesting to the pupil.
This is precisely why this book by **Gullberg**, a
writer who in actual fact is not a mathematician but rather a doctor, is different from
the others that deal with this matter. Its thickness and number of pages should not scare
anybody, since its pages are full of examples, anecdotes and drawings, thus making
mathematics into an enjoyable theme, easy to learn, entertaining and amusing at the same
time.
It hasn't been easy for **Gullberg**, since it has
taken him 10 years to prepare this text. Yet the wait has been worth its while.
Excellently ordered, its author reviews in this book the history of figures and of the
numbering systems, teaches us step by step the fundamental bases of the subject (from the
laws of arithmetic and algebra, to trigonometry, equations, fractals, to complex numbers
or probability theories).
If there is a word to define **Gullberg**'s work,
this no doubt is "clarity". Everyone who has forgotten their mathematics will
have here sufficient material to refresh their memory without suffering, and those who
enter for the first time in this marvellous science, so near to logic, will find in this
book everything they need, without the fuss to keep searching in different works what here
is coordinated and perfectly dealt with so as to make of mathematics a popular theme
available to everybody.
With *Mathematics*, become your own teacher, learn by
yourself with the least effort, wrapped by the multiple examples and the enormous amount
of illustrations that make of this work one of the best displays of how one must teach to
get "adepts" to the science of numbers. |