It All Adds Up: The Story of People and Mathematics
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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Most people enjoy maths - the problem is they don't know that they do. This revolutionary and accessible exploration of the role of mathematics as an historical aide to human activity will change the general public's relationship to numbers for the be...tter. For many, maths is a science that is abstract or even superfluous, although it came into being to simplify our understanding of the world. As early as 8000 BCE, in Mesopotamia the decorative friezes of vases were ingenious geometrical patterns based on symmetries and rotations. Later, to count animals in a herd, man had to learn to master numbers. Eventually, to draw the bounds of a territory, it became necessary to learn to measure and draw maps, in other words: geometry. Who are the everyday people who first made these discoveries; why, and how? This book answers these questions and so much more, using anecdotes of human history through an exploration of artefacts at the Louvres in Paris. Exploring topics from the beauty of the number Pi to theorems yet to be discovered, it will change how you look at the value of maths. A short and engaging social history of numbers in the arts and craft, sciences, and every day life, It All Adds Up will make you understand and love maths, at long last.