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Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
The goal of this book is well summarized on page 151: "… the story of arithmetic, at least from a mundane practical point of view, is over. Now we can turn our attention to the more conceptual, theoretical aspects of this beautiful subject. Our goal is not utility or practicality but intellectual pleasure and understanding." Does the book succeed? Well, if you suspect (as I do) that mathematicians are born rather than made, then you may believe that the book attempts the impossible - to convey the beauty of a subject to an audience largely incapable of perceiving it. I docked the book one star only because it terminates right before things could have REALLY become interesting (and more controversial) - the so-called irrational numbers (and why not throw in the transcendentals, too?)
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