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One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics

One Two Three Absolutely Elementary Mathematics From the acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Advent of the Algorithm here is a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts In his

  • Title: One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics
  • Author: David Berlinski
  • ISBN: 9780375423338
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Advent of the Algorithm, here is a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked What is a number How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and divisionFrom the acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Advent of the Algorithm, here is a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked What is a number How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division actually work What are geometry and logic As he delves into these subjects, he discovers and lucidly describes the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are Filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides on some of the most fascinating mathematicians through the ages, One, Two, Three is a captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics how it originated, who thought of it, and why it matters.

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    1. In the end, this book is about defining and proving elementary mathematics procedures. Some of the proofs are elegant, such as why two negatives equal a positive and the work with fractions. However, movement through the book is choppy and a background in math is necessary to enjoy this book's thesis.

    2. If you already love mathematics and are not a mathematician, you'll enjoy this. If not not. I liked it, didn't love it. Berlanski gives the reader very interesting information, but is prone to both navel gazing and overstating a point for wits sake.

    3. Dr. Berlinski's little book was a pleasure to read. He managed to make book about elementary mathematics engaging and entertaining. Highly recommended.

    4. The author, a mathematics and philosophy professor, writes about the basic concepts of simple arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), starting with the premise that numbers exist outside of human endeavor, then on to the definition of addition (which is just adding by one), lingering at the problem of zero, then through some rather convoluted proofs of various theorems, to stop at the abstract algebraic concepts of rings (structures which include sets of integers and provid [...]

    5. Weird but enjoyable. Literature plus mathematics I guess?"But, really, isn’t this how we all are, much impressed by things we do not understand and hoping that they represent something very wise and interesting?""To get the number from the fraction, it is necessary only to keep the fraction’s numerators while discarding its denominators, the decimal point serving to separate the integer from the fraction that follows. In place of 1314/1000—rather ungainly, let us be honest—there is 1.314 [...]

    6. La edición que tengo es en Español. Es un libro con algunos datos históricos --aunque ya conocía la mayoría y con detalles gracias en parte al documental -clásico- de la BBC llamado "Historia de la Matemática"-- mientras va abarcando de manera cronológica la matemática elemental. desde axiomas, teoremas, suma, resta, multiplicación, división, monomios, polinomios, anillos,etc. Me quedé con la referencia a algunos libros interesantes.

    7. An entertaining jaunt through some important points in the history and philosophy of the most basic foundations in mathematics.

    8. "what is primitive and thus given, and what is civilized and thus made, find one another in contentment."

    9. This might have been a really good book if the author had stayed on topic, but two things made me stop reading: to many digressions and to many completely irrelevant anecdotes.

    10. If you come from a scientific background, no substantial information is there in it for you! If you want to have a glimpse on its contents, read the following:As the author says: "It is neither a textbook, a treatise, nor a trot. I should like to think that this book acts as an anchor to my other books about mathematics"; in other words, the author is telling you that this book has some benefit only if you read his other books. He uses a multitude of historical accounts to build the drama he nee [...]

    11. An absolutely delightful work that was not only informative but also transformative and a bit humorous. Blessed with a very easy to read writing style, Berlinski punctuates his thoughts about Absolutely Elementary Mathematics with some light honor here and there. I think this book would be enjoyed by every math teacher in the world, by anyone who enjoyed math in high school or college and by anyone interested in learning about the development of mathematics. I never knew zero and one could be so [...]

    12. Everyone is familiar with numbers, counting and basic arithmetic. But mathematician Berlinski shows the theory behind why these exist and work and the relationship of the ineffable mathematical universe and concrete reality. Although many consider math among the most rigorous disciplines resting on solid proofs, Berlinski also makes clear that in an axiomatic system where induction provides the method of proof, a good deal of faith is involved before one can even begin counting.

    13. Far above my pay grade in math, a real brain stretch. However, for those with good math chops and who enjoy lively, witty prose, it should prove a good fit.

    14. Subtitle: "Absolutely Elementary Mathematics"Berlinski does not exaggerate here, he means _absolutely_ elementary. For example, the idea of counting is the sort of thing which he takes a chapter or two to deal with, nailing down whether or not it is exactly permissible for us to do so.This may sound incredibly tedious, and it would be, except that Berlinski is somehow both a mathematician and funny. An example:"Anthropologists, it is true, report that certain tribes lack a complete sense of the [...]

    15. AEM è l'Absolutely Elementary Mathematics: matematica assolutamente elementare. Ed è di questa matematica, anzi della "matematica del contare" che parla David Berlinski in questo libro. Attenzione: Berlinski non è un matematico ma un filosofo (e detto tra noi, sa persino meno di me di fisica, come si legge a pagina 96 sulle file di pezzi di domino). Anzi, per essere più precisi, lo potremmo definire un raccontatore di storie. Per lui i matematici, dagli ignoti inventori della cifra 0 e del n [...]

    16. The book was worth three and a half stars. I liked parts of the book on scientists and mathematicians, their discoveries, theories, etc. Not so very wild about the overuse of equations to prove his definitions. There must be a better book out there.

    17. It was hard to give this book 4 stars, but most of the text was good for high school students. The book does a great job going over elementary proofs of addition and multiplication. The only bad thing was the book was terribly dry.

    18. Maybe I'm just not ready to read about this, but it couldn't keep my interest piqued. But it was well written, nonetheless.

    19. Simple, lucid, euphonious and witty. Listening to the audio is both pleasant and intellectually satisfying for me. So many elegant turns of phrase that it feels almost like poetry to me.

    20. Loved this book. In high school, math scared me, but this book really helped me understand the philosophy behind math.

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