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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Email required Address never made public. Mathematics for the Million. 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. He had a copy of this book given to him by his father-in-law. Once I found a paperback version, I bought it immediately.

Milllon Orwell quotes Hogben among others in his essay Politics and the English Language as examples of writing “below the average” that exhibit “staleness of imagery” and “lack of precision”.

Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers by Lancelot Hogben

In keeping with its time, there is a quite a lot about the use of determinants but mathematjcs appearance of a matrix. It stands best as a unique and fascinating oddity in the history of mathematical books for the tje public – and as such is worth taking a look at. Curiously enough, people who are most sensible about the need for planning other social amenities in a reasonable way are often slow to see the need for creating a rational and international language.


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Surprisingly good for a lefty discussion of higben easy maths. James Nickel rated it really liked it Jun 04, Return to Book Page.

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Sep 19, Shekhy rated it it was amazing. For its mathematical content, I would certainly recommend the book to any budding mathematician.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It has pages. I like the way that the author tells the history of mathematics and its uses starting from ancient times. October 1, in Uncategorized. milloon

Hogben Mathematics For The Million

We see how geometry might have been used by Egyptian architects, and how trigonometry benefits those who need to navigate by the stars. Hard for me to believe that anyone would rate this book lower than a five.

So an argument about the ‘withering away of the State’ may disclose a difference about the use of the dictionary when no real difference about the use of the policeman is involved. Essential for anybody who wants to understand mathematics. By the end of the book we meet almost all the mathematics that was then part of advanced mathematics in British schools prior to university.

Steven rated it liked it Oct 03, 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 lanfelot the subject. Mathematics is the language of size, shape, and order–a language Hogben shows one can both master and enjoy. As a new regular feature of the HPM Newsletter, members of the HPM lsncelot 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.


His illuminating explanation is addressed to the person who wants to understand the place of mathematics in modern civilization but who It seems to be devised as a 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.

I was particularly intrigued by the following introductory comment: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Illustrative Mathema… on Circulation: When I think of this book, I think of hovben father who died 23 years ago.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Hogben then explains how Achilles can catch up to the tortoise. To be fair a little more than following rules is required for higher school mathematics, but not much more.

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