Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical by Johnny Ball

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Read Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical Online Free - In this book, Johnny Ball tells one of the most important stories in world history - the story of mathematics.

By introducing us to the major characters and leading us through many historical twists and turns, Johnny slowly unravels the tale of how humanity built up a knowledge and understanding of shapes, numbers and patterns from ancient times, a story that leads directly to the technological wonderland we live in today. As Galileo said, 'Everything in the universe is written in the language of mathematics', and Wonders Beyond Numbers is your guide to this language.

Mathematics is only one part of this rich and varied tale; we meet many fascinating personalities along the way, such as a mathematician who everyone has heard of but who may not have existed; a Greek philosopher who made so many mistakes that many wanted his books destroyed; a mathematical artist who built the largest masonry dome on earth, which builders had previously declared impossible; a world-renowned painter who discovered mathematics and decided he could no longer stand the sight of a brush; and a philosopher who lost his head, but only after he had died.

Enriched with tales of colourful personalities and remarkable discoveries, there is also plenty of mathematics for keen readers to get stuck into. Written in Johnny Ball's characteristically light-hearted and engaging style, this book is packed with historical insight and mathematical marvels; join Johnny and uncover the wonders found beyond the numbers.

Title : Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical
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ISBN : 1472939999
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 480 pages


Peter rated it ★★★★☆

January 26, 2018

Covers mathematics and some major mathematicians from ancient times to about the time of Newton. Fairly interesting and the math is accessible to someone at a high school level.

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

March 02, 2018

For many people, Johnny Ball's TV programmes were the first indication that mathematics does not have to be frightening or hard work, but could actually be fun. In the introduction to Wonders Beyond Numbers, Ball mentions being particularly inspired by Martin Gardner's books of mathematical puzzl...

Dogsandbooks rated it ★★★☆☆

January 17, 2018

Lays out the major people and breakthroughs in math in chronology. Useful for time line and some appealing personal stories. Like most encyclopedias it's just the intro. Have to go elsewhere for depth or explanation. Some good charts. But very good for putting developments in chronological order....

Jerrid rated it ★★★☆☆

February 25, 2018

A bit too focused on individuals to provide context or depth I was hoping for, but the book is a very complete introduction to the people and ideas of mathematics. The book could easily be considered a short history of science as well.

Jim rated it ★★★☆☆

January 22, 2018

A well-written and entertaining history of Math nad Mathmaticians from earliest tiems to today.

Ian rated it ★★★☆☆

February 22, 2018

Great time line and some interesting insights. Mostly enjoyable but some of the summaries are a bit unusual and the descriptions of mathematical diagrams a bit perplexing.

Holly rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 17, 2018

This book was actually quite interesting, if you enjoy mathematics and history, because you get a lot of it, if you read this book. Johnny Ball’s writing style was great and he filled the rest in with facts, puzzles, and pictures to help the reader to get involved, unlike a text book. He started...

Jerome rated it ★★★☆☆

March 06, 2018

Too small illustrations. History over simplified

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