The Magic of Numbers


  • Format: PDF
  • Pages: 429
  • Published-Date: 1946


From one of the foremost interpreters for lay readers of the history and meaning of mathematics: a stimulating account of the origins of mathematical thought and the development of numerical theory. It probes the work of Pythagoras, Galileo, Berkeley, Einstein, and others, exploring how “number magic” has influenced religion, philosophy, science, and mathematics.

Eric Temple Bell (1883-1960), a former professor of mathematics at California Institute of Technology and prolific author, combines a fascinating history of ideas with an engaging series of life stories of the brilliant thinkers who forged mathematical history.