# Numbers: Computers, Philosophers, and the Search for Meaning (History of Mathematics (Facts on File))

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Rating | : | 4.26 (551 Votes) |

Asin | : | 0816049556 |

Format Type | : | paperback |

Number of Pages | : | 224 Pages |

Publish Date | : | 2017-03-10 |

Language | : | English |

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. He is the author of A Look at Earth and A Look at Neptune, two astronomy titles for middle school readers. About the Author John Tabak, Ph.D., performed graduate work at Suny at Stony Brook and received a degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is presently writing a history of American sign language

Illustrations, thought-provoking text, and other supplemental material cover the key ideas, figures, and events in the historical development of numbers.. The book also examines in detail the number pi, the evolution of the idea of infinity, and the representation of numbers in computers. Concepts such as zero, negative numbers, fractions, irrational numbers, and roots of numbers were often controversial in the past. Numbers deals with the development of numbers from fractions to algebraic numbers to transcende

listener said Pros and Cons. Pros:+ Generally good prose (easy to read and follow)+ Many different facets of the concept of "number" are covered+ Excellent resources at the end (Timeline, Glossary, and Bibliography)Cons:- A few errors found. For example, Euler's equation on page 100 should have a "+" where the "-" is. But I have the first edition of the book, and it looks like a revised edition is also available, so hopefully all of the errors have been addressed.- A little uneven on coverage in my opinion. A significant amount of coverage regarding infinite sets. Not as much coverage on complex/imaginary numbers.- This mi. Excellent overview, engagingly written, without being too technical I read this book as part of a self-imposed course of study to fill a huge lacuna in my education - mathematics. The author does an excellent job of providing an overview of the history of numbers and the relevant developments in the field. Each chapter is devoted to a particular aspect of numbers and explains in nontechnical language the important concepts. It seems like this series is geared toward high school students, which I am not, though because of my low level of knowledge in this field, it was the perfect level of technical explanation for me. The author kept his intended readers in min. Best book I've ever read! The author, John J. Tabak, is the brother of a US Marine. John leads the reader to think about the meaning and mystery of numbers. Further, the incomplete foundation of mathematics is revealed along with some if its implications. Finally, the role of computers in the expanding frontier of mathematical knowledge is explored. Everybody should read this book. It leads the reader to deep insights while staying accessible to readers of all backgrounds and levels.Sincerely, James J. Tabak USMC

. He is the author of A Look at Earth and A Look at Neptune, two astronomy titles for middle school readers. He is presently writing a history of American sign language. John Tabak, Ph.D., performed graduate work at Suny at Stony Brook and received a degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute