As the famous Pythagorean statement reads, "Number rules the universe", and its veracity is proven in the many mathematical discoveries that have accelerated the development of science, engineering, and even philosophy. A so called "art of the mind", mathematics has guided and stimulated many aspects of human innovation down through the centuries.
In this book, Marcel Danesi presents a historical overview of the ten greatest achievements in mathematics, and dynamically explores their importance and effects on our daily lives. Considered as a chain of events rather than isolated incidents, Danesi takes us from the beginnings of modern day mathematics with Pythagoras, through the concept of zero, right the way up to modern computational algorithms.
Loaded with thought-provoking practical exercises and puzzles, Pythagoras' Legacy allows the reader to apply their knowledge and discover the significance of mathematics in their everyday lives.
About the author
MARCEL DANESI teaches on the history of puzzles at Victoria College of the University of Toronto. Danesi has written puzzles for Reader’s Digest, The Toronto Star, and also maintains a blog on puzzles for Psychology Today. He has also published several best-selling puzzle books, such as The Total Brain Workout and The Complete Brain Workout.
Other titles by Marcel Danesi
The Ultimate Brain Health Puzzle Book for Adults, Vol. 2
Even More Crosswords, Sudoku, Cryptograms, Word Searches, Logic Grids, and Calcudoku Puzzles!
The Quest for Meaning
A Guide to Semiotic Theory and Practice, Second Edition
Master Your Mind
Critical-Thinking Exercises and Activities to Boost Brain Power and Think Smarter
The Total Brain Workout
450 Puzzles to Sharpen Your Mind, Improve Your Memory & Keep Your Brain Fit
The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time
A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay
From Flappers to Rappers
The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture
Murder in Plain English
From Manifestos to Memes--Looking at Murder through the Words of Killers
The Complete Brain Workout
500 New Puzzles to Exercise Your Brain and Maximize Your Memory
Encyclopedia of Media and Communication
A Brief Introduction