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The World of Numbers


  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107494992

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  • Originally published in 1946, this book explains important aspects of the world through the lens of mathematics. McKay discusses important questions such as time, the size of the earth and 'numbers that mean too much' in language that is enthusiastic and easily accessible to non-mathematicians. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of mathematics.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107494992
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 198 x 127 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A girdle round about the Earth
    2. The trials of geographers
    3. The arithmetic of great rivers
    4. Widdershins
    5. The all-composing hour
    6. Ellipses and orbits
    7. Proportions in the stars
    8. The Earth in a balance
    9. The prodigal sun
    10. Magnitudes of the stars
    11. Symbols
    12. Squaring the circle
    13. The ghost quantity
    14. Poets' numbers
    15. Numbers that mean too much
    16. Was man made by the Earth?

  • Author

    Herbert McKay

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