Do you know how mathematics came to be? Numbers, shapes, lines, equations: you either love them or you hate them; but do you know the story behind these? How did we go from lines on a piece of bark to million-row matrices that can only be processed by supercomputers? Mathematics is the foundation on which technology has been built and advanced over the years. The contributions to this growth have come from all over the world and India has been at the forefront of mathematical progress, with its discovery of zero and the modern number system. History of Mathematics brings to life this journey through the evolution of the art and science of Mathematics, both in India and the western world, with a fascinating blend of fact and anecdote.
"Archana Sarat has done a fantastic job in narrating interesting anecdotes in an engaging and entertaining manner. It is not easy to narrate facts in a way that keeps the reader hooked but Archana has ensured that there is not a single drab moment in the book. Through 26 beautiful short stories, she gives us an insight into the history of key mathematical concepts in algebra, trigonometry and geometry and their evolution over the years. The stories are crisp, well - researched and enriching, and I was left asking for more by the end of it. It is a challenging job to cover the huge spectrum of Mathematics in a single book, but I liked the author's picks in this one and hope to see sequels in the future. This one must be read by adults and children alike, and it is a sure shot winner from the house of Readomania.” Anupama Dalmia.
“As centuries pass, we tend to forget our rich heritage and are in awe of the outside world. This book will awaken our pride in our country and will inspire younger generations to take an active interest in mathematics.” Kavitha Aravind
“This book could only be defined by the word "perfect" as the author has given knowledge of how the formulas were derived in such writing that even small children and elderly could read and enjoy the book. The stories were quite fun to read, where many questions get answered relating to history....Would love to read another book by the same author” Aryan Tuli
“The History of Mathematics’ will make you come to it again and again and take in the sweet essence of it. This book is not only for adults but it can also be read and understood by children. It can make an excellent book-club selection as it has the ability to draw deep discussions, bring on more ideas, assimilate them and even regale the tales within. It will also serve as a wonderful collection for teachers to keep in their class library.”Saranya Iyer
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