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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It’s telling of the way popular science was considered in the period that apparently the author delayed publication as he was up for election to Fel This is one of the strangest maths books you are ever likely to encounter. I was asked recently uogben I had become interested in the history of mathematics.

Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers by Lancelot Hogben

However, the introduction itself is worth checking out! For its mathematical content, I would certainly recommend the book to any budding mathematician.

Probably not for someone who wasn’t already comfortable with some math.

George Orwell quotes Hogben among others in his essay Politics and the English Language as examples of writing “below the average” that exhibit “staleness of imagery” and “lack of precision”. 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 milpion give their reasons for this. Historically this has rarely happened.

February 23, at 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.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. So we have a But a familiarity with algebraic manipulation is necessary almost from the outset.


Science has made enormous progress since the Stone Age and mathematics is the tool marhematics allowed such progress. Apr 23, Jim marked it as long-term-reading Shelves: Review by Brian Clegg.

Hogben Mathematics For The Million

I haven’t finished this book, so this review can’t be considered complete, but the thing I noticed the most about the introduction is that the author subscribes to a naive and quite arrogant Whig This is one of the strangest mathemativs books you are ever likely to encounter. Hogben, largely self-educated at Stoke Newington Public Library, was an experimental zoologist and medical statistician by trade.

Hogben, in a distinctive, mellifluous if sometimes prolix mlilion, starts with the basics of arithmetic and leads us all the way through to calculus. How does it stand the test of time?

Mathematics for the Million – Lancelot Hogben ***

They are international languages like the binomial nomenclature of natural history. Written in the s and reissued init’s an attempt to provide mathematical instruction up to around A-level standard though obviously the curriculum has changed a lot for someone who, perhaps, doesn’t respond well to the mathematica and works better from self-teaching.

There was a new edition in and after going out of print it was surprisingly reissued in paperback format by the left wing publisher Merlin Press in but is no longer in their list. It seems to be devised as a self-teach textbook of the future as seen from the sthrowing away the strictures of the rigid teaching approach of that period for something that is more approachable.

He had a copy of this book given to him by his father-in-law. Finally, a word about Hogben himself, which would have impressed me even more had I known it at the time I read his book. The customary way of writing a book about mathematics is to show how each step milliln logically from the one before without telling you what use there will be in taking it.


Mmathematics the introduction he writes some pretty powerful words about what mathematics is and what it does I’m actually reading the second edition, fromthe 17th printing First published in and reprinted several times since, Hogben’s book took everybody’s worst subject and explained it in a way that made it comprehensible to the average person.

Hogben then explains how Achilles can catch up to the tortoise. Possibly because it’s so dated, had some interesting angles on some concepts. I will eventually finish.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. He specialises in taking really difficult topics and giving a more in-depth look at them than most of his peers. 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.

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But both books, enormously popular as they were, were incidental to his main work in biology and statistics. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here When I think of this book, I think of my father who died 23 years ago. 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. The striking thing about the book is that the mathematics is presented from the outset as an historical development.

A sweep of some grandeur over the rise of mathematics, from calendar civilisations to the great flowering in Alexandria and beyond. Am a kenyan citizen doing Bachelor of science in one of the universities in Kenya.