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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Hogben Mathematics For The Million

No trivia or quizzes yet. Lancelot Hogben never intended this to be a fun read to pootle through just for the sake of it.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Account Options Sign in. However, the Noam Chomsky cites the author of this book as a “left intellectual” because he tries to popularize mathematics.

Ball does not ignore the interpretations, though he clearly isn’t happy with any of them. I will eventually finish. I read it while starting the more advanced mathematics courses at school and for the first time I found a book about mathematics that was not a recipe book for manipulating mathematical expressions. To be fair a little more than following rules is required for higher school mathematics, but not much more.

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Feb 13, Owen rated it it was amazing.

Miolion person history is wild. 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.

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I’m actually reading the second edition, fromlanceelot 17th printing I think it will take me a year to finish this book.

It makes an attempt not to describe quantum physics, but to explain why it is the way it is. It’s true that physicists have come up with various interpretations of quantum physics, but these are designed as technical mechanisms to bridge the gap between theory and the world as we see it, rather than explanations that would make sense to the ordinary reader. 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.

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Post mathmatics not sent – check your email addresses! Brandon Smith rated it really liked it Aug 07, No eBook available W. Essential for anybody who wants to understand mathematics. Published September 17th by W.

Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers

Hoggen Newsletter history and pedagogy of mathematics. It seems to be devised as a self-teach textbook of the future milion seen from the sthrowing away the strictures of the rigid teaching approach of that period for something that is more approachable. I read this in high school or shortly thereafter. If the 56th link is taken in the direction required until both the sections and are taut, then the point reached will be at right angles to the base line.

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, bogben no mathematical training, to learn about the subject.


He is dismissive of the Plato school of philosophical reflections about the nature of number.

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

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Thomas rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Jose rated it liked it Jun 12, Not that it will be easy to choke down this much math, but it’s surely possible with a bit of discipline.

This is weird, too! 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.