Mathematics for the Million – Lancelot Hogben ***. June 20, This is one of the strangest maths books you are ever likely to encounter. Written in the s. Mathematics for the Million has ratings and 20 reviews. Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this. “It makes alive the contents of the elements of mathematics.”—Albert Einstein. Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads .

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Feb 27, Matteo rated it really liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages. Notify me of new posts via email. The parts where Hogben teaches us about how numbers work are wonderful examples of math instruction; the parts where he waxes lyrical about socialism could well landelot to a wonderful example of mass destruction.

Mar 02, John rated it liked it. Preview — Mathematics for the Million by Lancelot Hogben. Refresh and try again. Surprisingly good for a lefty discussion of relatively easy maths.

Thomas rated it it was amazing Dec 02, It’s written in a pretty old-fashioned style nowadays but that plus the beautiful hand drawn diagrams make it a fantastic book I still don’t fully understand some of the concepts, so I’ll probably read it again uogben.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Math for the layman, written in ‘s. Clearly a lot of people decided it was a good approach back then: One of my favorites. It’s hard to say how well it delivers from the modern viewpoint of someone who has gone through all this stuff at school in a fairly traditional way.

Science has made enormous progress since the Mathematic Age and mathematics is the tool that allowed such progress.

Mathematics for the Million

Quotes on back from Einstein and H. The Hogben archive is housed at Birmingham University. I will eventually finish.

The customary way of writing a book about mathematics is to show how each step follows logically from the one before without telling you what use there will be in taking it. Okay, a book on math that’s over pages long!


To think that the giants of Greek thought could be so stumped by such a simple problem for lack of simple tools and simple language that everyone takes for granted nowadays. Mathematics is the language of size, shape, and order—a language Hogben shows one can both master and enjoy.

To be fair a little more than following rules is required for higher school mathematics, but not much more. Unlike his contemporaries, who were all for working through hundreds of geometry proofs for completeness, Hogben fills in the parts at each stage of mathematical development needed to reach the next stage and gives us no more. A sweep of some grandeur over the rise of mathematics, from calendar civilisations to the great flowering in Alexandria and beyond.

As Baggott points out, you could easily think that string theory was the only game in town when it comes to the ultimate challenge in physics, finding a way to unify the currently incompatible general theory of relativity and quantum theory.

matthematics I keep this around as a basic text. Both spoke against the then fashionable idea of eugenics. The 24th link is pegged at the point from which the right angle is to be set out, the nought end of the chain and the 96th link are pegged together, back along the base line, so that the piece of chain is taut.

Hogben Mathematics For The Million

Mathematics is the langu Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this famous book through the whole course from simple arithmetic to calculus. I don’t know that I would have developed such a strong interest, respect and a certain fondness for a language that I would have sworn could never be a native tongue of mine.

I read it while starting the more advanced mathematics courses at school and for the first time I found a book about mathematics that was not a recipe book for manipulating mathematical expressions. As a new regular feature of the HPM Newsletter, members of the HPM community will be asked to name a book or books, or a paper that has been important to them and to give their reasons for this.


The only problem with this learning-through-history approach is it can sometimes be hard to then relate what has been learned to uses in the present day. Notify me of new comments via email. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

To ask other readers questions about Mathematics for the Millionplease sign up. In keeping with its time, there is a quite a lot about the use of determinants but tbe appearance of a matrix. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I think it will take me a year to finish this book. Mar 13, southernmyst marked it as gave-up-on.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. They still can and often do mean a lot of different things when they say that a mattress is infested with bugs or lice. Account Options Sign in. Although I always feel slightly hard done by as a result of the assertion in the title, as there are certainly things here I know that aren’t wrong I mean, come on, the first corrected piece of ‘knowledge’ is that ‘The Earth is only 6, years old’ and I can’t imagine many readers will ‘know’ thatit’s a handy format to provide what are often surprisingly little snippets of information that are very handy for ‘did you know’ conversations down the pub or showing up your parents if you’re a younger reader.

It has pages. A few years later I asked him how he enjoyed it and he proceeded to become my tutor.

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Once I found a paperback version, I bought lnacelot immediately. Review by Brian Clegg. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.