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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During the First World War he served as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in France but after his decision to leave the Front and return to Cambridge he was imprisoned in as a conscientious objector. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I have to stop to think about most of the pages and even go to the dictionary and look up some of the words.

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Mathematics for the Million

For its mathematical content, I would certainly recommend the book to any budding mathematician. Once I found a paperback version, I bought it immediately.

This is weird, too! To ask other readers questions about Mathematics for the Millionplease sign up. Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this famous book through the whole course from simple arithmetic to te.

So constructive thought about human society is hampered by the same conservatism as embarrassed the earlier naturalists. 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Surprisingly good for a lefty discussion of relatively easy maths. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Nowadays people do not differ about what sort of animal is meant by Cimex or Pediculus, because these words are used only by people who use them in one way. Although I always feel slightly hard done by as a result of the assertion in the title, as there are certainly things here I know that aren’t wrong I mean, come on, the first corrected piece of ‘knowledge’ is that ‘The Earth is only 6, years old’ and I can’t imagine many readers will ‘know’ thatit’s a handy format to provide what are often surprisingly little snippets of information that are very handy for ‘did you know’ conversations down the pub or showing up your parents if you’re a younger reader.


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.

May 25, Krollo rated it really liked it.

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Lancelot Hogben is Possibly because it’s so dated, had some interesting angles on some concepts. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ball does not ignore the interpretations, though he clearly isn’t happy with any of them.

The majority of the time he achieves with a fluid writing style that remains easily readable, though inevitably there are some aspects that are difficult for the readers to get their heads around – and this is certainly true of his latest title Quantum Spacewhich takes on loop quantum gravity.

It would be easy to think ‘Surely we don’t need another book on quantum physics. Return to Book Page. Hogben then explains how Achilles can catch up to the tortoise.

To the modern eye, there is a danger of the book falling between two stools.

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Historically this has rarely happened. Want to Read saving…. He hoggen the mathematician and feminist Enid Charles, a statistician who worked on fertility rates. Written in the s and reissued init’s an attempt to provide mathematical instruction foor 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.

As a new regular feature of the HPM Newsletter, members of the HPM community will be asked to name a book or books, or a paper that has been important to them and to give their reasons for this. I will eventually finish. 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 milliob present day.


He had a copy of this book given to him by his father-in-law. Mar 02, John rated it liked it.

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I was asked recently how I had become interested in the history of mathematics. 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.

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. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It is carefully constructed in terms of increasing levels of mathematical demands and starts with simple arithmetic and geometry and ends with applications of the calculus and a final chapter on statistics and probability.

Don’t be fooled, though – because in Beyond WeirdPhilip Ball has done something rare in my experience until Quantum Sense and Nonsense came along. Book to be studied over and over again! I like the way that the author tells the history of mathematics and its uses starting from ancient times. Common terms and phrases A’-axis abacus Alexandrian algebra Archimedes arithmetic arithmetic series binomial binomial theorem calculation called cards celestial celestial pole Chapter circle circles of latitude CN CN co-ordinates column corresponding cos2 curve decimal declination division draw earth equal equation Euclid’s expression figure formula fraction geometric series geometry graph Greek Hipparchus hour angle hyperbola hypotenuse latitude length logarithms logio longitude mathematicians mathematics means measure meridian miles multiply natural numbers Newton noon odd numbers oo oo oo pack parabola plane pole pole star positive radians radius ratio reader right angles Right Ascension right-angled triangle rotation rule sides sin2 sine spades spherical triangle square root star straight line successive sun’s symbols tangent Tf Tf tion triangular numbers trigonometrical Tt Tt unit whole number write zenith distance zero.

Sep 19, Shekhy rated it it was amazing.