by A. K. Dewdney
In addition to giving his name to an influential theorem, the Greek mathematician Pythagoras was the first to suspect that mathematics underlies every element of the cosmos. In the 2,500 years since then, math has increasingly defined the physical world. All the while, people have pondered whether math was created or discovered by humans. Dewdney's fictional journey through myriad achievements in mathematical history tracks the progress of this thinking. He visits Pythagoras and his successors, from Al-Khwarizimi and his marvelous House of Wisdom to Alan Turing and his revolutionary notions of computing. Originally published in hardcover in 1999.
Wiley, 2001, 218 p., b&w; illus., paperback
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