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Be relieving the brain of all unnecessary work, a good notation sets it free to concentrate on more advanced problems, and, in effect, increases the mental power of the race.
In P. Davis and R. Hersh The Mathematical Experience, Boston: Birkhauser, 1981.
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The Story of Mathematics
The Story of Mathematics, Richard Mankiewicz, 2004, 192 pp., $19.95, paperbound, ISBN: 0-691-12046-3. Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. (800)777-4726, http://www.pup.princeton.edu/
The book presents selected highlights of a story that ebbs and flows with the changing fortunes of some of the world's great civilizations. The author traces the evolution of science, philosophy, and mathematics and asserts that their relations are far more important to the history of humanity than the usual parade of rulers and the progressions of wars.
Practically, Mankiewicz explains the key role of mathematics in human endeavors from counting, map-making, and navigation to telephones, television, space travel and computers. We live today in an age of unparalleled technological achievement made possible through very sophisticated mathematics. Mankiewicz helps us to understand how we got here.
How and why mathematics developed as it did provides a fascinating study for high school students, college students and ordinary citizens of our world where mathematics is close to the center of every human endeavor. I heartily recommend The Story of Mathematics!
Anne Loesch, Mathematics Teacher (retired), Marian Catholic H.S., Chicago Heights, IL.