Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics


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From the Renaissance onwards, mathematics has had a near-mystical status. If the pragmatic Romans, and Christian Europe, did not share the Greeks' fascination with numbers and geometrical shapes, the introduction of Arabic numerals, and the Greek mathematical discoveries kept alive by Arabic scholars, set off a new interest in mathematics which has been with us ever since. Berlinski focuses on the key moments in mathematical history - and the men behind them. Here are Pythagoras, intoxicated by the mystical significance of ...

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