Eric Temple Bell's The Magic of Numbers PDF

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By Eric Temple Bell

ISBN-10: 0486267881

ISBN-13: 9780486267883

From one of many most suitable interpreters for lay readers of the background and which means of arithmetic: a stimulating account of the origins of mathematical notion and the advance of numerical thought. It probes the paintings of Pythagoras, Galileo, Berkeley, Einstein, and others, exploring how "number magic" has influenced religion, philosophy, technology, and arithmetic

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Thc great legislator forgot all about the State. It was enough. Thales confessed that thc report was a strategic lie. "You see," hc pointcd out, "you can't take it, and yet you want me to. " Two of the innumcrable stories his admirers loved to repeat about Thales have a simple and direct message for our own chaotic times. In his day thcre was incessant brawling between rival gangsters and their armed mobs-to borrow the phrases popularized in 1940 by President Roosevelt. The unit of disorder was the City State, the political entity that figures so conspicuously and sometimes so gloriously in Greek history.

But the fourth power of lOis the "ten thousand" of the Greeks and ourselves, while 12,960,000, the "ten thousand" of the Babylonians, is equal to the fourth power of 6 multiplied by the fourth power of 10. Surely there must be some profound cosmic truth concealed in these mysterious harmonies of numbers? Whether For Their Own Sake or not there is, vast philosophies of man and the universe have issued from conjugations of numbers less prolific than these. It will be refreshing now to look rather carefully at something utterly useless.

He did. Some days later Solon was informcd in the presence of Thales that his son had been killed. Thalcs had contrived that Solon be so informed. Thc great legislator forgot all about the State. It was enough. Thales confessed that thc report was a strategic lie. "You see," hc pointcd out, "you can't take it, and yet you want me to. " Two of the innumcrable stories his admirers loved to repeat about Thales have a simple and direct message for our own chaotic times. In his day thcre was incessant brawling between rival gangsters and their armed mobs-to borrow the phrases popularized in 1940 by President Roosevelt.

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