A Quick History of Math: From Counting Cavemen to Computers (Quick Histories) (Paperback)
Math + history + jokes - boring bits = A Quick History of Math. This book begins around 43,000 years ago with a notched baboon leg, the Lebombo bone (the very first mathematical object in the world) and rushes us past Hindu numerals and the invention of zero, via Pythagoras, Pascal and probability, right up to the present day, with big data and the maths that rules our digital lives. Geometri-cool!
You will discover:
- How to count on your fingers (there are more ways than you might think!)
- Why we have 60 seconds in a minute (hint: it’s to do with the ancient Babylonians)
- How to count like an Egyptian (using hieroglyphs)
- Why it’s hip to be square using square numbers
- A Pythagorean party trick
- The naked truth of Archimedes’ bath time mathematics
- How to do matha-magic with magic squares
- …and much more.
About the Author
Clive Gifford has traveled to more than 70 countries, climbed rocket launch towers, ridden on robots, and flown gliders. He's had more than 200 books published and has received nominations for or won Royal Society, School Library Association, Smithsonian, and TES awards. He won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with Facts 2019 for his title The Colors of History (QEB). Clive lives in Manchester, UK.
“Irreverent [and] surprisingly amusing.”—Kathleen McBroom, Booklist