By Alistair Macintosh Wilson
A talk among Euclid and the ghost of Socrates. . . the trails of the moon and the sunlight charted by means of the stone-builders of historic Europe. . .the Greek perfect of the golden suggest wherein they measured good looks. . . Combining ancient truth with a retelling of historic myths and legends, this vigorous and interesting booklet describes the historic, non secular and geographical history that gave upward push to arithmetic in historical Egypt, Babylon, China, Greece, India, and the Arab international. every one bankruptcy includes a case research the place arithmetic is utilized to the issues of the period, together with the realm of triangles and quantity of the Egyptian pyramids; the Babylonian sexagesimal quantity procedure and our current degree of area and time which grew out of it; using the abacus and the rest concept in China; the discovery of trigonometry through Arab mathematicians; and the answer of quadratic equations via finishing the sq. built in India. those insightful commentaries will provide mathematicians and basic historians a greater knowing of why and the way arithmetic arose from the issues of daily life, whereas the author's effortless, available writing variety will open interesting chapters within the historical past of arithmetic to a large viewers of normal readers.