How Mathematics Happened

How Mathematics Happened

The First 50,000 Years

Book - 2007
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Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9781591024774
Branch Call Number: 510.93 RUDMAN P
Characteristics: 314 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Dec 05, 2016

I did not give this book a rating; I could not. It would have been totally inappropriate for me to have done so. I read the first chapter, set the book down and have not picked it up again.

In high school, I was never able to get my head around mathematics. I barely managed basic arithmetic. I borrowed How Mathematics Happened: The First 50,000 Years in hopes of finally understanding at least some of what I was supposed to have mastered way back when: false hopes. I shall pick up the book again today... to return it to the library. I did learn one thing though: I'd need 50,000 years just to grasp what the author presents in chapter one.


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