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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Mathematics for the Million by Lancelot Hogben. Mathematics for the Million: Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this famous book through the whole course from simple arithmetic to calculus.
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 its supposed difficulty.
Mathematics is the langu Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this famous book through the whole course from simple arithmetic to calculus.
Mathematics is the language of size, shape, and order—a language Hogben shows one can both master and enjoy. Paperbackpages. Published September 17th by W. Norton Company first published March To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Mathematics for the Millionplease sign up. See 1 question about Mathematics for the Million…. Lists with This Book. Mar 02, John rated it liked it.
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 and math inclined than I. A few years later I asked him how he enjoyed it and he proceeded to become my tutor. I don’t know that I would have developed such a strong interest, respect and a certain fondness for a language that I would have sworn could never be a native tongue of mine.
This isn’t an easy affair, though some readers out there are probably laughing a 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 and math inclined than I. This isn’t an easy affair, though some readers out there are probably laughing and saying “I mastered the highest level of math covered in that book by the time I reached 8th grade.
May 23, Lance rated it really liked it.
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I read this in high school or shortly thereafter. I like the way the Author presents the concepts historically. Once I found a paperback version, I milliom it immediately. As soon as my sister, an ex-math teacher, saw it, she wanted it, so I had to buy another for her. The projects would probably be good for parents to do with their kids, like the makeshift astrolabe.
I hogbfn recommend this to homeschoolers lancrlot others who want to expand their knowledge of both mathematics and its history. Feb 13, Owen rated it it was amazing. Hard for me to believe that anyone would rate this book lower than a five. It is a unique and fascinating book that looks at the historical development of mathematics with a clear focus on the most practical of mathematical applications from geometry to statistics but doesn’t shy away from the great leaps of logic and calculus.
It is not at all a classic textbook – but is far better. I learned more math from this book as a young teen than from any other source or teacher – and I LIKED learning Hard for me to believe that anyone would rate this book lower than a five. It’s written in a pretty old-fashioned style nowadays but that plus the beautiful hand drawn diagrams make it a fantastic book Mar 23, Wm rated it it was amazing Shelves: I keep this around as a basic text.
It covers everything you need to know about mathematics. Lancelot Hogben is His person history is wild. Okay, a book on math that’s over pages long!
Can I get through this? Well, I’ve read over pages of Charles Beaumont stories, so why not? Not that it will be easy to choke down this much math, but it’s surely possible with a bit of discipline. 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.
Because Diderot had no knowledge of algebra, he conceded the debate and walked o Okay, a book on math that’s over pages long! Because Diderot had no knowledge of algebra, he conceded the debate and walked out.
Hogben then explains how Achilles can catch up to the tortoise. He explains why this was such a puzzle to the Ancient Greeks, and how the puzzle can be elegantly and simply solved by present-day, grade-school mathematical expressions and a simple graphical diagram.
This is weird, too! To think that the giants of Greek thought could be so stumped by such a simple problem for lack of simple tools and simple language that everyone takes for granted nowadays. I was particularly intrigued by the following introductory comment: It is destined to end, as does all priestcraft, in superstition. Feb 20, Loow added it. One of my favorites.
Book to be studied over and over again! Sep 19, Shekhy rated it it was amazing. Essential for anybody who wants to understand mathematics.
This is one of the strangest maths books you are ever likely to encounter. Written in the s and reissued init’s an attempt to provide mathematical instruction up to around A-level standard though obviously the curriculum has changed a lot for someone who, perhaps, doesn’t respond well to the classroom and works better from self-teaching. It’s telling of the way popular science was considered in the period that apparently the author delayed publication as he was up for election to Fel This is one of the strangest maths books you are ever likely to encounter.
It’s telling of the way popular science was considered in the period that apparently the author delayed publication as he was up for election to Fellowship of the Royal Society, which back then was dead against science popularisation. Hogben, in a distinctive, mellifluous if sometimes prolix style, starts with the basics of arithmetic and leads us all the way through to calculus.
Unlike his contemporaries, who were all for working through hundreds of geometry proofs for completeness, Hogben fills in the parts at each stage of mathematical development needed to reach the next stage and gives us no more. The narrative here is very much centred on the application of mathematics through history. We see how geometry might have been used by Egyptian architects, and how trigonometry benefits those who need to navigate by the stars.
The only problem with this learning-through-history approach is it can sometimes be hard to then relate what has been learned to uses in the present day. Lancelot Hogben never intended this to be a fun read to pootle through just for the sake of it. The book is peppered with many exercises.
It seems to be devised as hogbem 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. It’s hard to say how well it delivers from the modern viewpoint of someone who has gone through all this stuff at school in a fairly traditional way. Clearly a lot of people decided it was a good approach back then: To the modern eye, there is a danger of the book falling between two stools.
It’s not approachable enough to read purely for fun, but Hogben’s distinctive, quirky style, combined with what is sometimes a rather tedious approach to the maths, means that it’s not the best way for a modern reader, with no mathematical training, to learn about the subject.
It stands best as a unique and fascinating oddity in the history of mathematical books for the general public – and as such is worth taking a look at. Apr 23, Jim marked it as long-term-reading Shelves: When I think of this book, I think of my father who died 23 years ago. He had a copy lanceloot this book given to him by his father-in-law.
He was very good at practical mathematics and could estimate distances by sight as well as figure out milpion in his head which was helpful for his as a textile mill manager. I am puttering around with this one and am reminded of him.
Jan 14, Sondra marked it as to-read. I think it will take me a year to finish this book.
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I have to stop to think about most of the pages and even go to the dictionary and look up some of the words. I will eventually finish. I like the way that the author tells the history of mathematics and its uses starting from ancient times.
I still don’t fully understand some of the concepts, so I’ll probably read it again someday. Jan 28, Yofish rated it really liked it. Math for the layman, written in ‘s. Quotes on back from Einstein and H.
Excellent writing, though a bit dated in areas. Possibly because it’s so dated, had some interesting angles on some concepts.
Probably not for someone who wasn’t already comfortable with some math. Oct 11, Peter Matt rated it it was amazing. Feb 27, Matteo rated it really liked it Shelves: Noam Chomsky cites the author of this book as a “left intellectual” because he tries to popularize mathematics.