The Mathematical Universe by William Dunham

The Mathematical Universe

Contains a wealth of amusing stories and little known facts from the annals of math. All proofs and equations are introduced through easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanations. Discusses some of the most intriguing mysteries such as Russell's Paradox. Features brief biographies of many great mathematicians including Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell and Hypatia of Alexandria.

Details The Mathematical Universe

TitleThe Mathematical Universe
Release DateFeb 18th, 1997
GenreScience, Mathematics, Nonfiction, History

Reviews The Mathematical Universe

  • Sohum
    William Dunham's non-fiction book, The Mathematical Universe, is an enthralling book which takes readers on a journey through some of the most popular algebraic and geometric proofs, such as Runges Theorem and proving the value of pi. Despite its title and subject, the book was unexpectedly interesting as Dunham found a way to connect or relate these concepts of thought to any scholar's standard education. For instance, when discussing the differ...
  • David
    A solid, clear overview of mathematics, both simple and advanced. For anyone who wants a grounding in general math topics, this seems just about perfect. For someone who wants a more organized system, this will disappoint you (he jumps from topic to topic, based on the alphabet), and for someone like me who wants tougher questions answered ("what is Hilbert space?" "What is a Cauchy sequence?" etc.), this won't do much to help. But even though I ...
  • Dimitrios
    I really liked it, but i'm biased. When it comes to history of mathematics presented in an easy and fun to follow manner, i'm a sucker. The level of the book is not terribly high. Some parts require only to be aware of some ideas, others some familiarity with basic high school mathematics and some to have some previous experience. The most requiring subject to understand was differential and integral calculus to give you an idea. The contents inc...
  • Raj Sharma
    Most interesting popular Mathematics book. Parents of students wanting illustrious careers must read this book themselves and let their wards read it. This book can lay the path for young boys to become great mathematicians for the new world.
  • Jose Moa
    A understable book whith a background of high shool level;it is alphabeticlly ordered ,for example L for Leibnitz,E for Euler,D for diferential calculus ,P for prime number theorem and so on
  • Chelsea M
    I liked the author's style - witty, but casual and disarming. The stories and analyses of the "background" behind histories and characters of mathematics fascinated me, but the mathematical ideas themselves were rather simple, most of it being at high-school level. I wish I had found this book a few years before, when these ideas were new to me.
  • Scott
    A fascinating(and often humorous) look at the history of mathematics and the personalities involved in it's development. It's written to the non-mathematician, so don't let the subject matter dissuade you from reading it. Great book.
  • Bonny
    This is a great book to introduce some of history's fascinating and lesser-known mathematicians. I read it primarily for some background on Euler, but also found interesting information about Newton, Liebniz and others.
  • Brett
    Dunham really has a gift at making mathematics readable. Fun stuff.
  • Jianliang
    Very inspiring.
  • Jennifer
    Really enjoyable and enlightening book - does rather stretch a point or two on it's alphabetical nature but well put together
  • John
    Entertaining walk through a Mathematical alphabet of mathematics and mathematicians. Dense material yet easy read.
  • Katie
    Total nerd book but I liked it. :)