ISBN: HB: 9780674972230,
Harvard University Press,
August 2017
240 pp.,
21x14 cm, 58 line illus.
Because evolution endowed humans with a complement of ten fingers, a grouping size of ten seems natural to us, perhaps even ideal. But from the perspective of mathematics, groupings of ten are arbitrary, and can have serious shortcomings. Twelve woul...
ISBN: HB: 9780674975576,
Harvard University Press,
August 2017
400 pp.,
23.5x15.6 cm, 13 graphs, 28 tables
In the daily news and the scientific literature, we are faced with conflicting claims about the effects caused by some treatments, behaviors, and policies. A daily glass of wine prolongs life, or so we are told. Yet we are also told that alcohol can...
ISBN: PB: 9780674088917,
Harvard University Press,
March 2016
214 pp.,
17.8x14 cm, 9 halftones, 51 line illus., 2 tables
What gives statistics its unity as a science? Stephen Stigler sets forth the seven foundational ideas of statistics – a scientific discipline related to but distinct from mathematics and computer science.
Even the most basic idea – "aggregation", ex...
For seven years, Paul Lockhart's "A Mathematician's Lament" enjoyed a samizdat-style popularity in the mathematics underground, before demand prompted its 2009 publication to even wider applause and debate. An impassioned critique of K-12 mathematics...
ISBN: HB: 9780674725003,
Harvard University Press,
November 2013
280 pp.,
22.8x15.2 cm, 21 halftones
In the twentieth century, American mathematicians began to make critical advances in a field previously dominated by Europeans. Harvard's mathematics department was at the center of these developments. "A History in Sum" is an inviting account of the...
ISBN: HB: 9780674073302,
Harvard University Press,
March 2013
250 pp.,
22.9x15.2 cm, 7 line illus.
In the second century, Valentinians and other gnosticizing Christians used numerical structures and symbols to describe God, interpret the Bible, and frame the universe. In this study of the controversy that resulted, Joel Kalvesmaki shows how earlie...
ISBN: PB: 9780674061743,
Harvard University Press,
October 2011
320 pp.,
23.4x15.5 cm, 10 halftones, 14 line illus.
In the fog of a Paris dawn in 1832, evariste Galois, the twenty-year-old founder of modern algebra, was shot and killed in a duel. That gunshot, suggests Amir Alexander, marked the end of one era in mathematics and the beginning of another.
Arguing...
ISBN: HB: 9780674059726,
Harvard University Press,
October 2011
300 pp.,
20.9x13.9 cm, 20 line illus.
Mark Peterson makes an extraordinary claim in this fascinating book focused around the life and thought of Galileo: it was the mathematics of Renaissance arts, not Renaissance sciences, that became modern science. "Galileo's Muse" argues that painter...
ISBN: HB: 9780674050044,
Harvard University Press,
August 2011
312 pp.,
23.4x15.5 cm, 71 halftones, 40 colour illus.
The use of perspective in Renaissance painting caused a revolution in the history of seeing, allowing artists to depict the world from a spectator's point of view. But the theory of perspective that changed the course of Western art originated elsewh...
The wonderful achievement of Greek mathematics is here illustrated in two volumes of selected mathematical works. Volume I contains: The divisions of mathematics; mathematics in Greek education; calculation; arithmetical notation and operations, incl...