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The World of Mathematics (4 Volumes Set) Paperback – Box set, November, 1988

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2600 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (November 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556151489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556151484
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kersi Von Zerububbel VINE VOICE on September 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This four volume set is a gem. I bought this treasure back in 1973 but I still go back to it at least twice a week. The writing is uneven because of the different authors who have contributed articles. However, the substance of the book is top notch. Starting with the number system all the way to the differential calculus and parts of game theory, the book is a treasury of mathematical delights. Just pick a chapter, and you are sure to be sucked in. Another point I wish to make is the design and layout of the books. There are no slick, extra large, shiny page designs here. Just plain 6 by 8 size pages with appropriate black and white diagrams. This is when books used to be more like friends, often in one's company, and much perused. It is truly a shame that this series is out of print. If you happen to find it somewhere introduce yourself!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carol Geis on March 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
I received this book from my father as a high school graduation gift to take with me as a budding mathematics student at college. I have been "dipping into it" ever since. It is a delicious compendum of all the neat things that have happened in mathematics and those disciplines that mathematics had touched up to the time that the book was written. I received my copy in 1960 and I still delight in looking things up when I see a reference in another book. I've deliberately resisted reading the four volumes from cover to cover as that would spoil the surprise and fun. Different chapters are written by different contributors so there is a wealth of viewpoints and styles. By the 90's the scientific disciplines have become quite adept at sharing their discoveries, but when this book was written it was not yet the accepted thing. So the persective is very interesting. I looked up this book to see if there would be any reviews, so I thought I should write one while I am here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Clark on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book as a child more than 50 years ago. I was enthralled by its easy explaination of mathematical texts and its, to me, value in placing great math in an historical context. I remember taking a long train ride from Phildelphia to Omaha and these books were my constant pleasure and delight. A good book for any pre-teen or teen who is ready to read some great math in a challenging but digestible form (also a good book for folks older than a 13 - 15 year old).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Nicholby on June 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I acquired this boxed set from a library sale for only $5, and I didn't read any of it for almost a year, what a mistake that has been. The articles included are unabridged and begin with an amazing commentary by James Newman, which adds to the experience of reading the article, which a commentary should do. The articles range from simple to fairly complex, but they are all fairly easy to grasp with a marginal grasp of mathematics.

All in all, this set is worth every penny that I paid for it, and much, much more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juan Alvarado on May 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
I received the 6-volume spanish version of this work from the Venezuelan Ministry of Education in 1982 as one of the prizes of the national math olympics. For anyone who has an interest in this subject and would like to get a taste of the breadth and variety of all the faces of this discipline, without getting too much into the details, this is an excellent work. I've looked for an English print, without success (although I've seen some volumes being sold second hand).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
this is a book that I recieved as a junior in High School. I am currently a senior and I still enjoy looking into this book for mathematical insight and history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WaltL on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have owned a paperback copy of this compendium since it was first published. I had always intended to replace the set with the hardbound...hence my purchase. Seemingly dated, I believe this set is still a viable and definitive history of Mathematics. It will provide hours of short nontechnical articles to stimulate and feed the imagination of students, scientists, mathematicians and/or others just interested in enhancing their knowledge.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
Al leer esta enciclopedia, aprendí que las matemáticas pueden ser fascinantes, y no muy difíciles de entender. Es muy agradable entender los razonamientos que impulsaron grandes descubrimientos, en estos Libros el autor nos explica claramente todos los pasos para ello. Nos muestra el trabajo de los mejores Matemáticos y las consecuencias de sus trabajos. Nos contagia el gusto por esta ciencia. En México se puede conseguir en la librería La aventura de Leer .
Jorge Gallegos
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