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$22.00 • £17.95 • €20.00

ISBN 9780674284388

Publication Date: 05/12/2014

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416 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

416 line illustrations

Belknap Press


  • Reality and Imagination
  • On Problems
  • I. Size and Shape
    • In which we begin our investigation of abstract geometrical figures.
    • Symmetrical tiling and angle measurement.
    • Scaling and proportion.
    • Length, area, and volume.
    • The method of exhaustion and its consequences.
    • Polygons and trigonometry.
    • Conic sections and projective geometry.
    • Mechanical curves.
  • II. Time and Space
    • Containing some thoughts on mathematical motion.
    • Coordinate systems and dimension.
    • Motion as a numerical relationship.
    • Vector representation and mechanical relativity.
    • The measurement of velocity.
    • The differential calculus and its myriad uses.
    • Some final words of encouragement to the reader.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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