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

Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical

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 directl...

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Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical Reviews

  • Jeremy
    Johnny Ball is a former television show host with no formal math training. He attempts to give the full history of math and science, starting with the ancient Egyptians. His focus is on pre-modern individuals; he doesn't follow concepts, he just gives the names of individuals and tells us what they ...
  • John
    A must read for anyone remotely interested in mathematics or science. It goes a long way back detailing the history and evolution of the science. ...
  • Dogsandbooks
    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. DP...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    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....
  • Jerrid Kruse
    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. ...
  • Brian Clegg
    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 puzzles ...
  • Michael
    I have never read a book with more typos...
  • Jrobertus
    Ball is a self-taught mathematician who has written scripts for a number of BBC programs. This book is a total hoot, if you are a nerd like I am. Ball gives a breezy but informative tour through some fascinating stories about mathematicians, their lives and times, and their discoveries. Are you inte...
  • Prasanta
    A brief history of mathematics and science ...

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