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ByBernieon April 20, 2016

If you were expecting math theory without the math or an opportunity to replace algebra with arithmetic tricks then you will be sorely disappointed.

Like his earlier book "Mathematic s: a cultural approach) this is a sneaky way to introduce liberal arts students to the world of mathematics by showing them a practical approach. Don't by any means mistake this for what it is not; it is not a way to cut corners as by the time you finish this book you will been introduced to just about every phase of mathematics and geometry.

Although it can be a fun approach, you will need to be prepared to learn some stuff about things such as theory of gravity.

It starts off with the historical orientation to math and why math is important.

To give you an idea of the simplicity of this book here is a sample of the contents:

a historical orientation

logic and mathematics

number: the fundamental concept

algebra, the higher arithmetic

the nature and use of Euclidean geometry

charting the earth and the heavens

the mathematical order of nature

the awakening of Europe

mathematics and painting in the Renaissance

projective geometry

coordinate geometry

the simplest formulas in action

parametric equations and curvilinear motion

the application of formulas to gravitation

the differential calculus

the integral calculus

trigonometric functions and oscillatory motion

the trigonometric analysis of musical sounds

non-Euclidean geometries and their significance

arithmetic's and their algebras

the statistical approach to the social and biological sciences

the theory of probability

nature and the values of mathematics

As you can see you're in for a lot of fun especially if you liked mathematics for non-mathematicians. Ha!

Like his earlier book "Mathematic s: a cultural approach) this is a sneaky way to introduce liberal arts students to the world of mathematics by showing them a practical approach. Don't by any means mistake this for what it is not; it is not a way to cut corners as by the time you finish this book you will been introduced to just about every phase of mathematics and geometry.

Although it can be a fun approach, you will need to be prepared to learn some stuff about things such as theory of gravity.

It starts off with the historical orientation to math and why math is important.

To give you an idea of the simplicity of this book here is a sample of the contents:

a historical orientation

logic and mathematics

number: the fundamental concept

algebra, the higher arithmetic

the nature and use of Euclidean geometry

charting the earth and the heavens

the mathematical order of nature

the awakening of Europe

mathematics and painting in the Renaissance

projective geometry

coordinate geometry

the simplest formulas in action

parametric equations and curvilinear motion

the application of formulas to gravitation

the differential calculus

the integral calculus

trigonometric functions and oscillatory motion

the trigonometric analysis of musical sounds

non-Euclidean geometries and their significance

arithmetic's and their algebras

the statistical approach to the social and biological sciences

the theory of probability

nature and the values of mathematics

As you can see you're in for a lot of fun especially if you liked mathematics for non-mathematicians. Ha!

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ByWilliamon March 5, 2002

I cannot imagine why someone of Morris Kline's stature would allow a publisher to print his work in print so small that nobody but an 18-year old can see to read it. (I'm 62). It was published by Dover Books and they should know better!! Nevertheless, Dr. Kline let them get away with it and there's no chance of me selling my copy back, not with 24 copies available used. Wonder if that's because nobody can see the print? -Dr. William E. Chauncey

ByA customeron April 3, 2004

As an overview and introduction to the history and conceptual development of mathematics, this is a very interesting book. As a primer for anyone seeking to learn or brush up on these principles, it falls a bit short.

I enjoy the history and Mr. Kline's development of this subject but I was looking more for an instructional book that would teach me these basics as it developed the ideas and history.

While it's an interesting book, it falls short as a teaching device because:

1. Answers are not provided for all exercises and I had trouble confirming my understanding.

2. Important theorems and axioms that should be memorized are hidden in the text and should be marked in bold or marked out by a similar method so the reader can recognize and review them more quickly.

I enjoy the history and Mr. Kline's development of this subject but I was looking more for an instructional book that would teach me these basics as it developed the ideas and history.

While it's an interesting book, it falls short as a teaching device because:

1. Answers are not provided for all exercises and I had trouble confirming my understanding.

2. Important theorems and axioms that should be memorized are hidden in the text and should be marked in bold or marked out by a similar method so the reader can recognize and review them more quickly.

If you were expecting math theory without the math or an opportunity to replace algebra with arithmetic tricks then you will be sorely disappointed.

Like his earlier book "Mathematic s: a cultural approach) this is a sneaky way to introduce liberal arts students to the world of mathematics by showing them a practical approach. Don't by any means mistake this for what it is not; it is not a way to cut corners as by the time you finish this book you will been introduced to just about every phase of mathematics and geometry.

Although it can be a fun approach, you will need to be prepared to learn some stuff about things such as theory of gravity.

It starts off with the historical orientation to math and why math is important.

To give you an idea of the simplicity of this book here is a sample of the contents:

a historical orientation

logic and mathematics

number: the fundamental concept

algebra, the higher arithmetic

the nature and use of Euclidean geometry

charting the earth and the heavens

the mathematical order of nature

the awakening of Europe

mathematics and painting in the Renaissance

projective geometry

coordinate geometry

the simplest formulas in action

parametric equations and curvilinear motion

the application of formulas to gravitation

the differential calculus

the integral calculus

trigonometric functions and oscillatory motion

the trigonometric analysis of musical sounds

non-Euclidean geometries and their significance

arithmetic's and their algebras

the statistical approach to the social and biological sciences

the theory of probability

nature and the values of mathematics

As you can see you're in for a lot of fun especially if you liked mathematics for non-mathematicians. Ha!

Like his earlier book "Mathematic s: a cultural approach) this is a sneaky way to introduce liberal arts students to the world of mathematics by showing them a practical approach. Don't by any means mistake this for what it is not; it is not a way to cut corners as by the time you finish this book you will been introduced to just about every phase of mathematics and geometry.

Although it can be a fun approach, you will need to be prepared to learn some stuff about things such as theory of gravity.

It starts off with the historical orientation to math and why math is important.

To give you an idea of the simplicity of this book here is a sample of the contents:

a historical orientation

logic and mathematics

number: the fundamental concept

algebra, the higher arithmetic

the nature and use of Euclidean geometry

charting the earth and the heavens

the mathematical order of nature

the awakening of Europe

mathematics and painting in the Renaissance

projective geometry

coordinate geometry

the simplest formulas in action

parametric equations and curvilinear motion

the application of formulas to gravitation

the differential calculus

the integral calculus

trigonometric functions and oscillatory motion

the trigonometric analysis of musical sounds

non-Euclidean geometries and their significance

arithmetic's and their algebras

the statistical approach to the social and biological sciences

the theory of probability

nature and the values of mathematics

As you can see you're in for a lot of fun especially if you liked mathematics for non-mathematicians. Ha!

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BySteve and/or Jodeneon August 29, 2003

This book was originally written as a textbook (for a math-for-the-non-mathematician type course). It can be used as one (though as a textbook it's a bit dated), read cover-to-cover for edification and pleasure (the style is a bit more instructional than the average popular math book), or dipped into here and there for the topics the reader personally finds interesting. With well over 500 pages of fairly small print, there's a lot here, covering a wide variety of topics, with (it seems to me) particular emphasis on history, geometry (of various kinds), and applications of math to physics. If you leaf through the book, you'll find some pages of nothing but text, some pages full of geometrical diagrams, some of equations and formulas, and even a few Renaissance paintings (in the discussion on mathematical perspective). With so much here, readers will probably find some parts more interesting than others--though which parts are the interesting ones may be a matter of personal opinion.

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ByMarcus Abunduson January 12, 2004

This book is truly an achievement. While not intended for true practitioners, the book is entertaining while though provoking at the same time. I take it with me to my favorite coffee shop sometimes just to open it randomly and read a few pages at a time. Not only does the author weave great historical moments with the progression of mathematical thought, he covers areas such as physics, art, music, and astronomy. He has also renewed my interest in taking the subject up again after many years. I have enrolled in a course in the Calculus based on this as well as other great math books.

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ByA customeron August 25, 1999

Morris Kline is an excellent author, and he does a wonderful job of explaining how mathematics works and how to use it. The book is an easy read, and at the end you'll be all fired up to go back to college and take calculus all over again!

I wish I had had the opportunity to study under Mr. Kline, because if you read his other books, you can see that he was a very thoughtful and insightful man, who simply wanted to share his love of mathematics with other people.

I wish I had had the opportunity to study under Mr. Kline, because if you read his other books, you can see that he was a very thoughtful and insightful man, who simply wanted to share his love of mathematics with other people.

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ByFan Burumaon April 9, 2000

I think the author not only knows mathematics, but also knows a lot about other fields, like physics, music, and painting. He is an expert in the history of mathematics and explains well how each important mathematics concept was developed over time. However, I would like to stress that Kline knows how to teach. The structure and the helpful hits in the books are valuble resources for any instructor who wishes to teach a course using this book as the main textbook.

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ByAmazon Customeron August 27, 2001

A must have for the mathmatically curious. The subject seaquence is laid out in a logical order. Beginning with the premises of inductive vs. deductive reasoning, basic algebra, geometry, and the Calculus. This is not a good book for becoming proficient in sepcific areas of mathematics, but offered for me at least, a logical reference point for approaching the core sujects. I highly recommend this book for self-study.

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ByBibliophileon March 8, 2003

Kline, a noted historian and educator of mathematics, wrote a book that stands the test of time. This isn't of much use to anyone with high-school math who doesn't care to know why math is the way it is. For everyone else, this is a good book. Solutions to problems at the end of the book are very handy. I recommend this book along with Timothy Gowers's "Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction".

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ByA customeron September 24, 1996

A Fantastic piece of literature. It is a guide to an amazing

new world for those of us, who will never become the next

Fermat or Gauss. Kline writes in such a way that you are

drawn into the whole mathematic principle, from history to

thought processes all of the time keeping the reader aware

of the implication of this new concept on our reality.

Brillant!!!!

new world for those of us, who will never become the next

Fermat or Gauss. Kline writes in such a way that you are

drawn into the whole mathematic principle, from history to

thought processes all of the time keeping the reader aware

of the implication of this new concept on our reality.

Brillant!!!!

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ByEric P. Medlockon July 11, 2003

This book is great but it does get pretty technical at some points. Don't let that discourage you though, just skip the parts that are too technical, they won't distract you from getting the major points.

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