Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics

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For at least 4,000 years of recorded history, humans have engaged in the study of mathematics. Our progress in this field is a gripping narrative, a never-ending search for hidden patterns in numbers, a tale of astonishing scientific discoveries, and a fantastic voyage into realms of abstract beauty. An inquiring mind is all you need to embark on this intellectual adventure of 24 illuminating lectures that take you from ancient Mesopotamia (where the Pythagorean theorem was already in use more than 1,000 years before the Greek thinker Pythagoras traditionally proved it) to the Human Genome Project (which uses sophisticated mathematical techniques to decipher the human genetic code). Along the way, you'll meet a remarkable range of individuals whose love of numbers, patterns, and shapes created the grand edifice that is mathematics. These include astrologers, lawyers, a poet, a cult leader, a tax assessor, the author of the most popular textbook ever written, a high school teacher, a blind grandfather, an artist, and several prodigies who died too young. Mathematics has exhibited an inexhaustible power to illuminate aspects of the universe that have been cloaked in mystery. In charting the storied history of its evolution, these lectures not only illustrate how these mysteries were revealed but expose, with a wealth of insight, the enormous efforts that went into deciphering our natural world.

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