The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men

The complexity of mathematics - its abstract rules and obscure symbols - can seem very distant from the everyday. In this elegant book, mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini offers a brief cultural and intellectual history of mathematics, ranging widely from the paradoxes of ancient Greece to the sacred altars of India, from Mesopotamian calculus to our own contemporary obsession with algorithms. Zellini transforms our understanding of mathematical thinking, showing that it is inextricably linked with the philosophical and the religious as well as the mundane - and, indeed, with our own very human experience of the universe.
    Hardback, 256 pages
    Measures 24 x 13 cm approx.

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