Review of Taming the Infinite

At some point students begin to show interest in the origins of mathematical ideas: How were logarithms discovered? Who was the first person to compute the log tables? When were quadratic equations first used, and how were they solved? Can equations of a higher order be solved in a similar way? Why are representations of complex numbers on a plane called Argand diagrams? Ian Stewart’s book Taming the Infinite:The Story of Mathematics from the First Numbers to Chaos Theory throws light on questions like these. It is an attempt at mapping the major themes in mathematics through a historical perspective.
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