Book Review (Posted on 08-14-2017)
For being one of the most disliked science among the rest, books like these need to flourish into many academic institutions. Yeah, I know most of you are going to say, "but Kris, I already know what Math is anyway LOL. It's all just calculating numbers!" Just
calculating numbers? That's what happens when you don't do research.
Author Alfred North Whitehead, who happens to be both a Mathematician and a Philosopher, wrote this book welcoming those into the realm and beauty of Mathematics. Although known for his linguistic style, which may overwhelm the reader a bit, Whitehead did a wonderful job explaining what the true goal of Math, its philosophy, its disciplines and what makes the science applicable to the real world. While the book tries to attract the layperson, those even with knowledge in basic arithmetic should be able to grasp this book.
The longest section of the book is his take on Imaginary Numbers
. Whitehead explains some brief history as to why it came to be as some solutions could not be solved, nor could mathematicians back then could arrive at a final answer (square root of 2, for example). It came to the point where I was curious about digging in to Number Theory
, a disciplinary study in finding numerical patterns and theoretical primes among, well, numbers (best area if you're studying Cryptography
). Besides that, due to Whitehead's explanations, he got me very excited about Geometry, Trigonometry and Differential Calculus. The explanations and introduction to those subjects were gentle to me, making me want to dive deep into them (I'm an Algebra and Mathematical Logic guy). Not only that, but Whitehead made the explanations clear enough to where the reader's eye's won't go bonkers when they see funky, complex and "cool" Math symbols. In other words, all those subscripts and Greek symbols won't seem like you're studying a foreign language with Math; It's all about what its function is and the problem its trying to solve.
Saying that means that I strongly recommend that schools introduce books like these in the classrooms early on. We can't just do
Math if we don't know what it's truly all about and what its underlying philosophy is (we could say the same for many other subjects). One my beliefs is "Know Before You Do," and I really wished I knew all about Math before I was a teenager, even though I was very good at Algebra. Nevertheless, perhaps Math won't be so hated and crazy if we knew what it was about and learn about its workings and symbolic notations before taking classes on it. Agree to disagree, but that's how I feel.
Though he passed away during the World War II era, wherever you are, author Whitehead, this review is to thank you for writing this book and your amazing contributions to the wonderful science: Mathematics. I enjoyed your book and look forward to more. Highly recommended, folks!
(NOTE: This review marks as the very first book by Dover Publications! Thank you Dover for your amazing science books. I personally am a fan, and here's to many more coming!)
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