Mathematics for the Million – Lancelot Hogben ***. June 20, This is one of the strangest maths books you are ever likely to encounter. Written in the s. Mathematics for the Million has ratings and 20 reviews. Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this. “It makes alive the contents of the elements of mathematics.”—Albert Einstein. Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads .

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Can I get through this? It makes an attempt not to describe quantum physics, but to explain milliion it is the way it is. So an argument about the ‘withering away of the State’ may disclose a difference about the use of the dictionary when no real difference about the use of the policeman is involved.

The book is peppered with many exercises. Trivia About Mathematics for t During the First World War he served as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross hogbeb France but after his decision to leave the Front and return to Cambridge he was imprisoned in as a conscientious objector.

I learned more math from this book as a young teen than from any other source or teacher – and I LIKED learning Hard for uogben to believe that anyone would rate this book lower than a five. His illuminating explanation is addressed to the person who wants to understand the place of mathematics in modern civilization but who has been intimidated by mathemaitcs supposed difficulty.

Book to be studied over and over again! There’s no doubt that Jim Baggott is one of the best popular science writers currently active.

Hogben claims to assume in the reader no more than an elementary knowledge of mathematics and he certainly starts from number and simple geometry. I actually really enjoy this book but the first time this book was given to me I passed it on to a friend who is much more math loving hogbdn math inclined than I.

Noam Chomsky cites the author of this book as a “left intellectual” bogben he tries to popularize mathematics. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I like the way the Author presents the concepts matematics. Hogben starts with an interesting story about how Diderot was shamed in a public debate with Euler, who presented a purported mathematical proof of the existence of God. They still can and often do mean a lot of different things when they say that a mattress is infested with bugs or lice.


Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I was particularly intrigued by the following introductory comment: Mar 02, John rated it liked it. The first thing I noticed on rereading it was the confident and optimistic tone of the writing.

Hogben Mathematics For The Million

There was a new edition in and after going mathemtics of print it was surprisingly reissued in paperback format by the left wing publisher Merlin Press in but is no longer lanclot their list. Possibly because it’s so dated, had some interesting angles on some concepts. Feb 20, Loow added it. Lancelot Hogben is A sweep of some grandeur over the rise of mathematics, from calendar civilisations to the great flowering in Alexandria and beyond.

The projects would probably be good for parents to do with their kids, like the makeshift astrolabe. George Orwell quotes Hogben among others in his essay Politics and the English Language as examples of writing “below the average” that exhibit “staleness of imagery” and “lack of precision”.

Brandon Smith rated it really liked it Aug 07, Because Diderot had no knowledge of algebra, he conceded the debate and walked out. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Norton Company first published March Want to Read saving….

Preview — Mathematics for the Million by Lancelot Hogben. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. They are international languages like the binomial nomenclature of natural history. Open Preview See a Problem? His person history is wild. Hogben, in a distinctive, mellifluous if sometimes prolix style, starts with the basics of arithmetic and leads us all the way through to calculus.

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Jan 14, Sondra marked it as to-read. Mathematics is the language of size, shape, and order–a language Hogben shows one can both master and enjoy. As soon as my sister, an ex-math teacher, saw it, she wanted it, so I had to buy another for her.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. Popular posts from this blog Quantum Space: For its mathematical content, I would certainly recommend the book to any budding mathematician. As far as Greek science is concerned, the centre is Alexandria and Hogben is careful enough to insist on the description Alexandrian and to point out that the only thing that the mix of peoples associated with Alexandria hlgben in common was their use of the Greek language.

Okay, a book on math that’s over pages long! Published September 17th by W. And the reward is a number of delights, including this instruction from the British Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries on how to lay out a right angle for a plantation of fruit trees:.

The 24th link is pegged at the point from which the right angle is to be set out, the forr end of the chain and the 96th link are pegged together, back along the base line, so that the piece of chain is taut. Notify me of new comments via email. It seems to be devised as a self-teach textbook of the future as seen from the sthrowing away the strictures of the rigid teaching approach of that period for something that is more approachable.

I will eventually finish. Jan 28, Yofish rated it really liked it. Clearly a lot of people decided it was a good approach back then: Some of the incorrect statements that head each article are well-covered, if often still believed for example, people thought that world was flat before Columbussome are a little tricksy in the wording such as hogbrn have to wash up against land thd some are just pleasantly surprising countering the idea that gold is a rar….

It is not hognen all a classic textbook – but is far better.