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In H. Eves, Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.
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Numbers at Work: A Cultural Perspective
Numbers at Work: A Cultural Perspective, Rudolf Taschner, 2007, 209 pages , $39.00, hardcover, ISBN-13: 978-1-56881-290-8, A K Peters Ltd., www.akpeters.com
Numbers at Work is a collection of 8 essays originally published in Germany as Der Zahlen gigantische Schatten by Rudolf Taschner, a Professor of Mathematics at the Technical University of Vienna who was named "Scientist of the Year" by the Austrian Association of Science Journalists in 2004. Each essay focuses on an important historical figure and how number was critical to the development of that person's work. For example:
These are just a few of the essays and there are many more. They all are very readable and full of fascinating detail. I reread each one a couple of times and each time learned something more. If you are interested in the history of ideas and how important the concept of number has been in the development of human thought this is a must read. If you are teacher and are looking for a good source of supplementary material for your courses, this is well worth reading.
Jon Choate, Mathematics Department, Groton School , Groton, MA